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Smoky stadium

Smoke from western wildfires hangs over Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Friday afternoon, Aug. 28.

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.

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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.

Check back at Missoulian.com for live updates from the game or follow along on Twitter with Griz beat reporter AJ Mazzolini.

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