Wildfire Smoke Update
| Locations and Smoke Conditions
Friday, October 5, 2012 3:50 PM
This is the visible satellite image from 3:30 this afternoon.
Today's Report and Forecast
Air quality is GOOD across the state today. Northwest winds continue to keep Montana clear of wildfire smoke in Idaho.
Air quality will remain GOOD over the weekend. A ridge of high pressure will start to build in from the west, which will start to clear the skies and warm the temperatures. On Monday, a weak disturbance will pass and light precipitation is possible until Tuesday. By Tuesday, another ridge of high pressure will build back in, and temperatures will warm back up for the week.
Air quality is GOOD in all locations today.
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.
Air Quality Bureau
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Phone: (406) 444-3490
This morning’s analysis from NOAA’s satellite services division shows the active fires in Montana and the smoke plumes combining and spreading downwind (the analyzed smoke is based on yesterday’s satellite coverage, the fire detects are based on last nights satellite coverage).
Red indicates hot spot detected. Green represents thin smoke, yellow is moderate smoke, and purple is dense smoke. Fire size is exaggerated for visibility at this scale. To identify individual fires on graphic above go here: http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/lg_fire2.php
Real time particulate information is currently available in most of the larger urban
areas from MTDEQ's Today's
Today's particulate report below compares particulate levels received from DEQ's
reporting stations with MTDEQ’s
Health Effect Categories.
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
to evaluate possible health risks and make informed