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Friday, July 26, 2013 9:30 AM

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I will be out of the office until my return on August 2. I will be unable to provide new information because this webpage will not be updated during this time. I greatly apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

In my absence, below is a list of links to help you navigate current air quality, fire, and smoke conditions around the state:

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_forecast/getprod.php?prod=XXXAFDBYZ&wfo=BYZ

-Today’s Air for near-real time PM2.5 concentrations at 16 sites around the state: http://todaysair.mt.gov/

-Health Effects Categories: http://www.deq.mt.gov/FireUpdates/SmokeCategories.mcpx

-Visibility Guidelines: http://www.deq.mt.gov/FireUpdates/VisibilityRanges.mcpx

-Satellite images (click COD for the Northern Rockies area): http://weather.rap.ucar.edu/satellite/

-National Weather Service: http://www.weather.gov/

-InciWeb for wildfire information in Montana: http://www.inciweb.org/state/27/

-InciWeb for wildfire information in Idaho: http://www.inciweb.org/state/13/

-NOAA Satellite Services for satellite-derived smoke and fire maps: http://www.firedetect.noaa.gov/viewer.htm

-Superior, MT, air quality information provided by the Forest Service: http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/rawMAIN4.pl?ids152++++M

-Montana webcams: http://www.bigskyfishing.com/Web-Cams/Web-Cams.htm

-Montana DOT webcams: http://roadreport.mdt.mt.gov/map/

-Area forecast discussion from the Missoula National Weather Service office: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_forecast/getprod.php?prod=XXXAFDMSO&wfo=MSO

-Area forecast discussion from the Great Falls National Weather Service office:
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_forecast/getprod.php?prod=XXXAFDTFX&wfo=TFX

-Area forecast discussion from the Glasgow National Weather Service office:
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_forecast/getprod.php?prod=XXXAFDGGW&wfo=GGW

-Area forecast discussion from the Billings National Weather Service office: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_forecast/getprod.php?prod=XXXAFDBYZ&wfo=BYZ
I will be out of the office until my return on August 2. I will be unable to provide new information because this webpage will not be updated during this time. I greatly apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

In my absence, to the left is a list of links to help you navigate current air quality, fire, and smoke conditions around the state.

If you would like to contact the Air Resources Management Bureau, please call 444-3490

Again, I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that my absence may cause. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Residents near active fires and under plumes aloft need to remain aware of current conditions and use the visibility guidelines to guide their activity decisions as the situation changes.

Kristen Martin
State Air Quality Meteorologist
Air Resource Management Bureau
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Phone: (406) 444-0283
Email: kmartin@mt.gov




 




 








 




The smoke report below compares particulate levels where information is available to MDEQ’s Health Effects Categories. Real time particulate information is currently available in most of the larger urban areas from several different sources including: DEQ run PM-10 BAMS and PM2.5 BAMS, NWS ASOS visibility monitors, and USFS remote access Nephelometers and BAMS. These advisories represent conditions between midnight and 8 AM and may change substantially throughout the day.

Locations and severity of forest fire smoke reports since midnight of the date above at reporting stations.
Health Effects Categories City
  Hazardous  
  Very Unhealthy  
  Unhealthy  
  Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups  
  Moderate

  

  Good

  

B1(x) One-hour BAM value (number of values)
B8(x) Eight-hour average BAM
B24 24 hour  average BAM value
Vis(x) Visibility value (number of hours)
Vis(am/pm) Visibility value from twice/day reporting stations

Local impacts in areas immediately adjacent to active fires are expected to exceed some or all of the advisory levels.  DEQ recommends the use of local visibility guidelines to evaluate possible health risks and make informed activity decisions.