Despite unhealthy air conditions in Missoula, the Montana Grizzlies' season-opening football game will continue as usual Saturday afternoon.
The Griz kick off against four-time defending FCS national champion North Dakota State at 1:30 p.m. at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. ESPN will televise the game live nationally.
Montana Associate Athletic Director for internal operations Chuck Maes confirmed the game would continue early Saturday morning after a committee meeting to discus health issues surrounding the smoke caused by area wildfires.
Its game day GRIZ vs BISON game on! WE ARE PLAYING. DON'T LISTEN TO ANY SOURCE FOR GAME DAY INFORMATION OTHER THAN http://t.co/bTIW6XRA6S— Chuck Maes (@ChuckMaes) August 29, 2015
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Missoula rated a 184 on the Air Quality Index on Saturday morning, its highest amount of pollutant per cubic meter of air during this particularly smoky stretch. Levels had dropped into the 160s by the 10 o'clock hour, still within the unhealthy range of more than 90 AQI.
More than 200 is considered very unhealthy for a one-hour stretch.
The Missoula County Health Department describes conditions as hazardous for for extended exposure.