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AEUS75 KTFX 161500  
AQAMT  
MTC063-171500-  
 
AIR QUALITY ALERT  
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT  
900 AM MDT WED AUG 16 2017  
   
..AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL 900AM MDT THURSDAY
 
 
THE MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY HAS ISSUED AN AIR  
QUALITY ALERT FOR MISSOULA COUNTY IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THE  
MISSOULA COUNTY ALERT IS SPECIFIC TO THE SEELEY LAKE COMMUNITY. SMOKE  
FROM THE RICE RIDGE FIRE IS CAUSING SIGNIFICANT AIR QUALITY IMPACTS  
BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND NOON. THE MISSOULA CITY-COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT  
RECOMMENDS RESIDENTS SPEND AS LITTLE NIGHT TIME AS POSSIBLE IN THE  
COMMUNITY DUE TO THE DANGEROUS OVERNIGHT POLLUTION LEVELS. THIS ALERT  
WILL BE UPDATED AGAIN AT 900AM 8/17/2017.  
 
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 SEELEY LAKE ARE HAZARDOUS  
 
AS OF 900AM, PARTICULATE LEVELS IN FLORENCE AND LOLO ARE UNHEALTHY  
FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS  
 
AS OF 900AM, PARTICULATE LEVELS IN FRENCHTOWN, MISSOULA 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 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  
 
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