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DPHHS Health Recommendations

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.   


Recommendations for Outdoor Activities/Events

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.

Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials

Designed by the CDC and EPA to help local public health officials prepare for smoke events, to take measures to protect the public when smoke is present, and communicate with the public about wildfire smoke and health.

Montana Wildfire Partners

Today's Air

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. 
Informational Video made by Montana DEQ About Navigating Today's Air Website

Climate Smart Missoula

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. 

How to Help 

You can help your fellow Montanans by donating to the following organizations: 

  • American Red Cross of Montana
    The American Red Cross accepts donations and may be looking for volunteers to help at shelters across the state. 
  • American Lung Association
    Each wildfire season, many Montana communities are affected by unhealthy levels of wildfire smoke. The American Lung Association works with DPHHS, DEQ, and local county health departments to get air filters into the most heavily impacted schools in the state. Visit this page to donate and help our Montana youth breath clean air.       
  • United Way of Missoula County
    This fund allows you to make a tax-deductible, charitable contribution to help victims of the Lolo Peak Fire. 100% of donations will go to helping families who need it, with United Way donating the administrative costs during this emergency situation.

National Resources

American Red Cross- Find Open Shelters
The American Red Cross opens shelters in times of emergencies. If you are forced to evacuate from your home and need a place to go, the Red Cross may be able to provide temporary shelter. 

Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC): Fire Map
Interactive web map for DNRC Wildland Fires  

National Jewish Health- Health Recommendations for Wildfire Smoke

Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC offers steps that the general public can take to reduce health risks related to wildfire smoke. 

This page explains what actions to take if you receive a fire weather watch alert from the National Weather Service for your local area and what to do before, during, and after a wildfire.