Smoke pollution from wildfires burning across the West has made the air unhealthy to breathe throughout much of western Montana. State officials said air quality reached unhealthy levels Thursday across a 20-county area and the poor air quality is expected to linger into today. Wildfire smoke contains microscopic particles that can irritate the lungs and increase a person’s susceptibility to infections including COVID-19.
Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Amanda Kaster was on Voice of Montana Thursday. She had an update on Montana’s wildfire situation.