Wildfire Smoke Update
| Locations and Smoke Conditions
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 4:00 PM
Today's Report and Forecast
With the recent rains, cold temperatures, and shorter days, wildfire activity has all but ceased across Idaho and Montana. Air quality has been GOOD in all observing locations and should no longer be affected by wildfire smoke.
I thank you for your attention during this long fire season. This website will be updated again at the start of next year's fire season.
Winter is fast approaching, and western Montana valleys are especially prone to periods of poor air quality during this time. The Winter Air Quality page will be updated almost daily starting December 1 or sooner if necessary.
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
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