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Rain gives boost to air quality in Billings, state says

Posted at 7:39 PM, Aug 20, 2018
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:51:52-04

BILLINGS- Montana’s big sky is filled with smoke from wildfires from one side of the state to the other.

But rain over the last few days helped wash some of that smoke from the air and give our lungs a much-needed break.

When the rain started Saturday, the air in Billings was considered “moderately unhealthy,”  but then inched closer to unhealthy levels, according to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

By Sunday, the air quality in Billings and the surrounding areas soared into the unhealthy range, according to DEQ.

On Monday, air quality continued to improve, largely because of the rain, according to the agency.