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Air Quality Alert remains in effect for Northwest Montana

Posted at 12:43 PM, Aug 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-22 09:24:45-04

HELENA – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has continued an Air Quality Alert for Flathead and Lincoln counties which will remain in effect until conditions improve.

The alert was prompted earlier this week due to smoke from wildfires that are continuing to burn northwest Montana.

“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 future” the alert states.

The air quality is ranging between “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” and “Unhealthy” near active fires in Northwest Montana.

The DEQ alert notes that when air quality is “Unhealthy” health officials recommend that people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children should avoid prolonged exertion.

When air quality is “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” it’s recommended that people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should limit prolonged exertion.

"Moderate" air quality was being reported across the remained of western and northwestern Montana as of midday on Tuesday. ?Click here to view the latest air quality readings.