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Air Quality Alert
Relayed by National Weather Service Great Falls MT
900 AM MDT Wed Aug 16 2017
...AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL 900AM MDT THURSDAY...
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air
quality alert for Missoula County in effect until further notice. The
Missoula County alert is specific to the Seeley Lake community. Smoke
from the Rice Ridge fire is causing significant air quality impacts
between midnight and noon. The Missoula City-County Health Department
recommends residents spend as little night time as possible in the
community due to the dangerous overnight pollution levels. This alert
will be updated again at 900AM 8/17/2017.
An Air Quality Alert means that particulates have been trending
upwards and that an exceedence of the 24 hour National Ambient Air
Quality Standard (NAAQS) has occurred or may occur in the near
As of 900AM, Particulate levels in Seeley Lake are Hazardous
As of 900AM, Particulate levels in Florence and Lolo are Unhealthy
for Sensitive Groups
As of 900AM, Particulate levels in Frenchtown, Missoula 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
When air quality is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups... State and local
health officials recommend that people with respiratory or heart
disease, the elderly and children should limit prolonged exertion.
When air quality is Moderate... State and local health officials
recommend that unusually sensitive people should consider reducing
prolonged or heavy exertion.
For more information visit the Montana Department of Environmental
Quality at www.todaysair.mt.gov