Some improvement seen in Western Montana air quality

Smoke continues to plague Western Montana

Smoke continues to plague Western Montana

The Missoula City- County Health Department has issued a recommendation that residents of Seeley Lake spend as little overnight time in the area as possible due to the hazardous air quality. Smoke from these fires is draining into the nearby valleys at night, causing severe air quality impacts from midnight through midday.

Anyone that looks out the window can tell you that the air quality in western Montana is bad, but DEQ Air Quality Specialist Kristen Martin says the smoke problem in Missoula County, specifically in Seeley Lake, is likely the worst in Montana... ever. The waters of Seeley Lake are also still off limits to any recreational use as aircraft are using the lake to help with the firefighting efforts. Authorities caution that upcoming weather conditions are causing concern about fire lines on the south end of the blaze.

Particulate levels in Arlee, Lolo, Missoula, and Superior are unhealthy.

The air quality was listed as Moderate at Clearwater Junction on Saturday morning.

When air quality is very unhealthy state and local 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.

The air quality in Hamilton was listed as Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups on Monday morning while the Flathead Valley was at Moderate. When air quality is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, people with heart or lung disease, children and the elderly should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.

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