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Air Quality Alert
Issued: 9:00 AM MDT Aug. 23, 2017 – National Weather Service

... Air quality alert in effect until 900am MDT Thursday...

The Montana department of environmental quality has issued an air
quality alert for Deer Lodge, Granite, Jefferson, Lake, Lewis And
Clark, Mineral, Missoula, Powell, Ravalli, and Silver Bow counties in
effect until 900am 8/24/2017 due to fire activity in west-central
Montana and transported smoke from the Pacific northwest. Air quality
is expected to remain poor throughout the day. A cold front should
allow air quality to improve in some valleys tonight into Thursday
but increased fire activity will inhibit long term improvement. Air
quality impacts are most significant near the Lolo Peak and Rice
Ridge fires.

An 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.

As of 900am, particulate levels in Lolo, Florence, and Seeley Lake
are hazardous

As of 900am, particulate levels in Arlee, Butte, Clearwater, Condon,
Frenchtown, Helena, Lincoln, Missoula, Philipsburg, Rock Creek and
Superior are unhealthy

As of 900am, particulate levels in Hamilton and Rainy Lake are
unhealthy for sensitive groups

As of 900am, particulate levels in Alberton are moderate

For more information visit the Montana department of environmental
quality at www.Todaysair.Mt.Gov


900 am MDT Wed Aug 23 2017

... Air quality alert in effect until 900am MDT Thursday...

The Montana department of environmental quality has issued an air
quality alert for Deer Lodge, Granite, Jefferson, Lake, Lewis And
Clark, Mineral, Missoula, Powell, Ravalli, and Silver Bow counties in
effect until 900am 8/24/2017 due to fire activity in west-central
Montana and transported smoke from the Pacific northwest. Air quality
is expected to remain poor throughout the day. A cold front should
allow air quality to improve in some valleys tonight into Thursday
but increased fire activity will inhibit long term improvement. Air
quality impacts are most significant near the Lolo Peak and Rice
Ridge fires.

An 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.

As of 900am, particulate levels in Lolo, Florence, and Seeley Lake
are hazardous

As of 900am, particulate levels in Arlee, Butte, Clearwater, Condon,
Frenchtown, Helena, Lincoln, Missoula, Philipsburg, Rock Creek and
Superior are unhealthy

As of 900am, particulate levels in Hamilton and Rainy Lake are
unhealthy for sensitive groups

As of 900am, particulate levels in Alberton are moderate

For more information visit the Montana department of environmental
quality at www.Todaysair.Mt.Gov

900 am MDT Wed Aug 23 2017

... Air quality alert in effect until 900am MDT Thursday...

The Montana department of environmental quality has issued an air
quality alert for Deer Lodge, Granite, Jefferson, Lake, Lewis And
Clark, Mineral, Missoula, Powell, Ravalli, and Silver Bow counties in
effect until 900am 8/24/2017 due to fire activity in west-central
Montana and transported smoke from the Pacific northwest. Air quality
is expected to remain poor throughout the day. A cold front should
allow air quality to improve in some valleys tonight into Thursday
but increased fire activity will inhibit long term improvement. Air
quality impacts are most significant near the Lolo Peak and Rice
Ridge fires. The Missoula city-County health department recommends
residents spend as little night time as possible in Seeley Lake due
to the dangerous overnight pollution levels. This alert will be
updated again at 900am 8/24/2017.

An 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.

As of 900am, particulate levels in Lolo, Florence, and Seeley Lake
are hazardous

As of 900am, particulate levels in Arlee, Butte, Clearwater, Condon,
Frenchtown, Helena, Lincoln, Missoula, Philipsburg, Rock Creek and
Superior are unhealthy

As of 900am, particulate levels in Hamilton and Rainy Lake are
unhealthy for sensitive groups

As of 900am, particulate levels in Alberton are moderate

When air quality is hazardous... state and local health officials
recommend that everyone should avoid any outdoor exertion; people
with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children should
remain indoors.

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.

When air quality is unhealthy... state and local health officials
recommend that people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly,
and children should avoid prolonged exertion; everyone else should
limit prolonged exertion.

When air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups... state and local
health officials recommend that people with respiratory or heart
disease, the elderly and children should limit prolonged exertion.

When air quality is moderate... state and local health officials
recommend that unusually sensitive people should consider reducing
prolonged or heavy exertion.

For more information visit the Montana department of environmental
quality at www.Todaysair.Mt.Gov




Fire Weather Warning
Issued: 3:55 AM MDT Aug. 23, 2017 – National Weather Service

... Red flag warning in effect from noon today to 9 PM MDT this
evening...

The National Weather Service in Great Falls has issued a red flag
warning, which is in effect from noon today to 9 PM MDT this
evening. This warning replaces the Fire Weather Watch that was
previously in effect.

* Impacts: low humidities and gusty winds will create erratic fire
behavior and an increased risk of new fire starts.

* Affected area:
in north central Montana, fire weather zones 112 and 114.

* Counties affected:
in central Montana, Lewis And Clark.
In north central Montana, Glacier, Liberty, Pondera, Teton
                             Toole.

* Wind: west 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Gusts to 35 mph
        will be possible closer to the Rocky Mountain front.

* Humidity: as low as 10 percent.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are
either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of
strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can
contribute to extreme fire behavior.

Please advise the appropriate officials or fire crews in these
areas of this red flag warning.






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