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Montana health officials recommend evacuations due to wildfire smoke

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MISSOULA, Mont. -

(AP) - Health officials in western Montana are strongly recommending residents of Seeley Lake leave town due to hazardous smoke from area wildfires.

The Missoula City-County Health Department says children, older adults, pregnant women and people with lung or heart disease could face serious health effects including reduced lung function, heart attack and stroke. The department notes Seeley Lake has one health clinic, and it is closed on weekends.

Air quality specialist Sarah Coefield says this is the strongest message the department has ever sent out about dangerous air during a wildfire. She noted the amount of smoke in the Seeley Lake area is at levels never before recorded in the county.

The department also advises moving or canceling school athletic practices and events until the air quality improves.

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8/10/2017 7:13:47 AM (GMT -7:00)

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