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Out-of-State Wildfires Bring Smoke to Southwest Montana

Aug 22, 2020

Several communities across southwest Montana are beginning to see smoke move in from wildfires in northern California. Fine particulate levels in Bozeman shifted into the unhealthy category around 8 a.m. Saturday, according to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s air monitoring website. Butte’s air quality also shifted into unhealthy territory around 10 a.m.

Hamilton, Dillon and West Yellowstone were all experiencing air quality levels that can affect sensitive groups Saturday morning as well.

DEQ has issued air quality alerts for Beaverhead, Gallatin and Madison Counties. According to the National Weather Service, smoke from out-of-state fires is expected to move into the state through Saturday, primarily impacting southwest Montana.

Air quality can shift throughout the day. For the latest air quality levels, head over to DEQ’s air quality monitoring webpage.