Wildfire Smoke and Your Health
Protect Yourself During Poor Air Quality
DPHHS Health Resources
Smoke and your Health- DPHHS Recommendations
This resource includes 7 tips that the general public can follow to stay healthy and avoid prolonged exposure to harmful wildfire smoke. Also, check out the "Frequently Asked Questions" section on how to keep your family healthy.
Guide to Buying a HEPA Air Purifier
Recommendations for Outdoor Activities/Events Based on Air Quality
These recommendations for outdoor activities were developed by the Montana Department of Public Health, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, and the Montana Office of Public Instruction. The activity guidelines are based on the amount of time spent outdoors in different levels of air quality, from good to hazardous. Instructions on how to use the guidelines and read the Today's Air website can be found on the 2 page of this resource.
Montana Wildfire Partners
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality provides air quality readings and activity recommendations based on data from monitoring stations placed around the state. In addition to the Today's Air website, DEQ houses a "Wildfire Smoke" page which includes links to state and national resources related to wild fire smoke and public health.
Ready and Safe Montana serves as a landing page for current emergency events. This site can help direct you to public health news and alerts, air quality monitoring and reporting, weather forecasting, and travel and road conditions. Ready and Safe also houses information for the general public about individual preparedness and opportunities to support local emergency response efforts.
The Department of Commerce provides daily updates during the wildfire season that review potential impacts on travel. This site includes links to webcams from across the state, as well as information about potential travel restrictions, area closures, and smoke conditions. Travel counselors can assist you with your travel itinerary and direct you to list of indoor and outdoor activities that may be a good fit for you.
The American Lung Association offers general recommendations for the public and specific tips for individuals with chronic respiratory diseases
The Climate Smart Missoula provides evidence based information on the health effects of wildfire smoke and includes instructions on how to read air quality levels using the Today's Air website and the Outdoor Activity Recommendations for Schools and Childcare Centers. Climate Smart has also produced a number of short videos about assessing air quality and protecting yourself from wildfire smoke.