Posted: Aug 29, 2012 1:12 PM by MTN News
Large wildfires burning in Idaho and Montana are creating some smoky conditions across our area.
Anthony Dal Nogare, a pulmonologist with the Rocky Mountain Heart & Lung Clinic in Kalispell, said that people with normal lungs shouldn't have much of a problem breathing in the current moderate conditions, but for people with asthma and other pulmonary issues, they may want to spend less time outside.
He noted, "Primarily people with asthma and COPD. Anytime there's a decrease in air quality, either from air pollution or smoke or particulates in the air."
Click here for the current air quality report from the MT Department of Environmental Quality.
The air quality concerns have prompted Victor High School to move their Saturday football game against Noxon to Arlee as heavy smoke continues to pour into the Bitterroot Valley.
Here is a map from the National Weather Service in Missoula highlighting the large fires currently burning in Idaho and Montana; click it for larger view.