This morning Billings looks like The Tap Room in the late 90's. It's so smokey that our air quality has been officially downgraded to Unhealthy. It's recommended that little kids with still-developing lungs minimize their exposure to this. Same goes for our elderly folks.

This smoke has me looking forward to winter and our first big snow. It might still look a little grey, but the air will be crisp and clean and the city will have that peaceful quiet that only a blanket of snow can bring.

Air Quality Index via airnow.gov

As you can see, we still have one level between us and deadly, but it's definitely smart to keep the little ones and the older folks (and Kaitlyn's asthmatic boyfriend) out of this stuff as much as possible.