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Some improvement seen in Western Montana air quality

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The view from the KPAX - St. Patrick Hosptial Eyecam as of Saturday morning. The view from the KPAX - St. Patrick Hosptial Eyecam as of Saturday morning.
MISSOULA -

The air quality in Western Montana is seeing a bit of an improvement as nearby wildfires continue to spew smoke.

The air quality was listed as Moderate at Clearwater Junction on Saturday morning. While it was s Unhealthy in Missoula, Seeley Lake, Florence Hamilton, and Arlee, and Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups in Libby, Thompson Falls, Frenchtown and Condon. 

Benjamin Schmidt with the Missoula City-County Health Department cautions that the air quality could worsen to Unhealthy in Condon and Frenchtown before improving on Saturday afternoon.

When air quality is Unhealthy, people with heart or lung disease, smokers, children and the elderly should limit heavy or prolonged exertion and limit time spent outdoors. 

The air quality was listed as Very Unhealthy in Lolo on Saturday morning.

When air quality is Very Unhealthy, people with heart or lung disease, smokers, children and the elderly should avoid heavy or prolonged exertion and stay indoors when possible, people with asthma should follow asthma management plan.  P

A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 2 p.m. Saturday until 9 p.m. on Sunday wind while the winds will kick up fire activity, the air quality should improve.

Click here to view the latest air quality readings from across Montana.

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