The haze created by smoke from wildfires in Wyoming, Montana and elsewhere are evident in this photo taken at Memorial Ballpark Thursday afternoon. As of Thursday, there were 66 uncontained large fires in several western states being managed under a “full suppression strategy,” typically a direct attack, and 32 fires being managed under other strategies. The fires encompass more than 1.7 million acres cumulatively, according to the National Interagency Coordination Center. According to the S.D. Dept. of Ag and Natural Resources, the current air pollution levels exceed the national Ambient Air Quality Standard. People with breathing problems are encouraged to take extra care and limit their exposure to the smoky air.
PHOTO BY BENJAMIN CHASE/PLAINSMAN