Posted: Jan 18, 2013 8:52 AM by MTN News
MISSOULA - The thick fog is creating an unhealthy situation, and the Missoula Valley remains stuck under a Stage Two air pollution alert.
The Missoula City-County Health Department says it might not get any better soon, so it is encouraging everyone to try to carpool or take the bus.
The 24-hour particulate (PM2.5) average as of Thursday was at 31 ug/m3, and the 24-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard is 35 ug/m3. Missoula is very close to exceeding the National Ambient Air Quality Standard, according to health officials.
People with heart or lung disease, smokers, children and the elderly should limit prolonged exertion. People with asthma should follow their asthma management plan.
The Stage Two alert also means that woodstove restrictions are in effect in the Missoula Valley.