Posted: Aug 15, 2012 12:45 PM by Phil Buck - KPAX News
MISSOULA- We've all seen and felt the smoke hanging in the air this week, especially in the Bitterroot Valley.
Local health officials say that air conditions can change by the hour depending on the weather, which is why the Ravalli County Health Department recommends using your best judgement when it comes to determining air quality at any given time.
"It's best for people to just assess where they are at any moment in time where they're trying to decide what to do, like, maybe outdoors for their own health," Ravalli County Environmental Health Director Lea Guthrie explained.
(file photo of Hamilton)
"That's what we're really recommending for people is to watch the forecast to see if we're going to have some wind, some unstable conditions that are going to move some smoke out or some stagnant conditions that could have the smoke settle - and it can vary throughout the valley," Guthrie added.
You can find links to a number of air quality resources by clicking here.