Westerly flow has brought smoke in from neighboring states, and this flow pattern is expected to continue. The 2.5 PM monitor located in Columbia Falls reports air quality in near real-time.
It is advised to utilize the Today’s Air and Air Quality and Visibility links below for monitoring guidance.
Operation of the outdoor air quality program includes collecting data from monitoring sites in Kalispell, Whitefish and Columbia Falls and administering the Flathead County Air Pollution Control Program. This program regulates open burning during those times of the year when it is allowed and issues daily burning restrictions based on data received from the monitoring sites and ventilation forecast. Also, within the Control Districts of Kalispell, Whitefish and Columbia Falls, paving and dust mitigation of high volume traffic areas is required.
The indoor air quality program provides radon test kits ($5) as well as radon information to the community. Information is provided to individuals who are interested in testing their homes, reducing radon levels in their homes and constructing homes that resist radon accumulation.