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Air Quality Update For Western Montana, August 24, 2018

Aug 24, 2018
CIRA and NOAA

Smoke from yesterday evening stuck around all night and we woke up to smoky skies this morning. 

Air Quality Update For Western Montana, August 20, 2018

Aug 20, 2018
Satellite photo show clouds and smoke over the northwest, August 20, 2018.
CIRA and NOAA

Yes, the air is bad. No, the smoke is not the entire reason it is so very dreary out there. We are dealing with a combination of cloud cover and smoke cover, which means the sky is gray and the light we can see is filtered through the smoke and is therefore extra weak. Smoke is basically the sun’s kryptonite.  I could get into a whole narrative about how the smoke is the product of the sun’s unrelenting heat on the landscape and it has risen (literally) from the ashes to challenge its creator, but really. That would be silly.

CL-215 Superscooper Airplanes Drop Water on the Howe Ridge Fire in Glacier National Park, August 12, 2018.
Glacier National Park

Update 6:44 p.m.

Unhealthy air conditions were widespread in Montana today, prompting Air Quality Alerts in every county, according to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

The DEQ announced this afternoon that smoke is affecting the entire state and air quality levels range from “unhealthy for sensitive groups” to “very unhealthy”.

The DEQ recommends the following for unhealthy air quality conditions:

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes/Inciweb

Today's air quality report courtesy of Missoula City-County Air Quality Specialist Sarah Coefield:

9:30 a.m.

Good morning.

Last night’s smoke stuck around and we’re currently sitting at Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups conditions in Missoula and Frenchtown. Air quality is Moderate in Seeley Lake. When air quality is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, children, the elderly and people with heart and lung disease should avoid prolonged outdoor exertion.

A screen capture from montanawildfiresmoke.org, 08-16-18.
montanwildfiresmoke.org

A brand-new website consolidates statewide air quality conditions and serves as a resource for Montanans concerned about the impacts of wildfire smoke.

MontanaWildfireSmoke.org is now live and made possible by a small Missoula-based non-profit called Climate Smart Missoula.

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