Smoke from area fires continue to make the air quality around southwest Montana extremely poor. People with breathing issues need to take extra precautions.

(Smoke in Bozeman, MT)
The Montana department of environmental quality has issued an air
quality alert for all of north central and southwest Montana until
further notice.

An air quality alert means that particulates have been trending
upwards exceeding the 24 hour national ambient air
quality standard (naaqs). It has occurred or may occur in the near
future.

Air quality levels range from moderate to unhealthy across much of
central and southwest Montana.

When air quality levels are unhealthy... state and local health
officials recommend that people with respiratory or heart
disease...  the elderly... and children should avoid prolonged
exertion; everyone else should limit prolonged exertion.