Environment Environment August 2107 - Wildfire Conditions Montana has been declared a state of emergency with over 16 large wildfires currently burning statewide and over 500,000 acres burned since the start of the season. For news and up-to-date Montana wildfire information visit the Incident Information System (InciWeb). An evacuation plan for families, pets and animals can help avoid confusion and prevent injuries, especially during extreme wildfire conditions. Take steps to protect yourself and your family; be aware of your local air quality and know your health risks. August 2016 - Air Quality during Wildfires Poor air quality caused by wildfires can cause negative health effects, but there are ways to improve indoor air quality. Dust masks do not provide protection against wildfire smoke. Know when to cancel outdoor activities by paying attention to local air quality reports and following these guidelines.