Air Quality Alert Continues Due to Wildfire Smoke
The Department of Environmental Quality has extended our Air Quality Alert due to heavy smoke from the many Montana wildfires that continue to burn.
This alert continues until at least 9am on Monday September 4th. Hopefully a cold front that is headed our way will IMPROVE the air quality in the next 24 hours, AT LEAST FOR EASTERN MONTANA.
Western Montana air quality is expected to take much longer to improve.
According to the official DEQ Press Release:
THE MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY HAS ISSUED AN AIR QUALITY ALERT FOR THE ENTIRE STATE OF MONTANA IN EFFECT UNTIL 9AM 9/4/2017
- EASTERN MONTANA MAY SEE SOME IMPROVEMENT ON MONDAY WHEN A COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH.
- IMPACTS IN WESTERN MONTANA ARE EXPECTED TO PERSIST THROUGH NEXT WEEK.
- AIR QUALITY IS EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS TO UNHEALTHY ACROSS MOST OF MONTANA TODAY.
- IMPACTS RANGING FROM UNHEALTHY TO HAZARDOUS ARE LIKELY IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO ACTIVE FIRES.
- WHEN AIR QUALITY IS HAZARDOUS… STATE AND LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS RECOMMEND THAT EVERYONE SHOULD AVOID ANY OUTDOOR EXERTION
- PEOPLE WITH RESPIRATORY OR HEART DISEASE, THE ELDERLY, AND CHILDREN SHOULD REMAIN INDOORS.
- FOR CURRENT AIR QUALITY VISIT THE MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AT TODAYSAIR.MT.GOV.