You can see it with your own eyes. The air quality around the state continues to be very poor and hazardous in certain counties. Montana wildfires continue to burn with no significant rain in sight.

Montana Air Quality Map Sept 8

According to the Department of Environmental Quality:

THE MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY HAS ISSUED AN AIR QUALITY ALERT FOR BEAVERHEAD, BROADWATER, CASCADE, DEER LODGE, FLATHEAD, GALLATIN, GLACIER, GRANITE, JEFFERSON, LAKE, LEWIS AND CLARK, LINCOLN, MADISON, MEAGHER, MINERAL, MISSOULA, PARK, PONDERA, POWELL, RAVALLI, SANDERS, SILVER BOW, TETON, AND TOOLE COUNTIES IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO WILDFIRE SMOKE FROM FIRES IN MONTANA AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST.

AIR QUALITY IS EXPECTED TO IMPROVE IN WESTERN VALLEYS OVER THE WEEKEND DUE TO INCREASED WINDS, BUT SIGNIFICANT SMOKE IMPACTS ARE STILL EXPECTED DUE TO INCREASED FIRE ACTIVITY. THIS ALERT WILL BE UPDATED AGAIN AT 900AM 9/9/2017.

  • AS OF 900AM, PARTICULATE LEVELS IN EUREKA, LOLO, SEELEY LAKE, AND THOMPSON FALLS ARE HAZARDOUS AS OF 900AM, PARTICULATE LEVELS IN ARLEE, COLUMBIA FALLS, CONDON, HEART BUTTE, PHILIPSBURG, RAINY LAKE, STEVENSVILLE, SUPERIOR, AND TROUT CREEK ARE VERY UNHEALTHY
  • AS OF 900AM, PARTICULATE LEVELS IN DARBY, FRENCHTOWN, HAMILTON, LIBBY, LINCOLN, MISSOULA, AND POTOMAC ARE UNHEALTHY AS OF 900AM, PARTICULATE LEVELS IN DILLON, ROCK CREEK, AND WEST YELLOWSTONE ARE UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS
  • AS OF 900AM, PARTICULATE LEVELS IN BOZEMAN, BUTTE, DRUMMOND, HELENA, AND WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS ARE MODERATE
  • 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.
  • WHEN AIR QUALITY IS VERY UNHEALTHY, HEALTH OFFICIALS RECOMMEND THAT PEOPLE WITH RESPIRATORY OR HEART DISEASE,
  • THE ELDERLY, AND CHILDREN SHOULD AVOID ANY OUTDOOR ACTIVITY; EVERYONE ELSE SHOULD AVOID PROLONGED EXERTION.
  • FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT THE MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AT TODAYSAIR.MT.GOV
Air Quality Alert - KMMS