Missoula air quality improves, warning canceled

2013-01-19T08:00:00Z 2013-01-20T06:51:01Z Missoula air quality improves, warning canceledBy SHERRY DEVLIN of the Missoulian missoulian.com
January 19, 2013 8:00 am  • 

Take a deep breath, Missoula. The City-County Health Department has canceled the Stage II air pollution warning.

Ben Schmidt, an air quality specialist with the department, says the air quality in Missoula and Frenchtown is now officially "good" - a marked improvement from recent days.

But we're not out of the woods yet, he said, and valley residents can still help by limiting their wood burning - to keep particulate out of the air.

"The high pressure ridge with generally poor dispersion is expected to last at least through Tuesday, possibly longer," Schmidt said Saturday morning. "Poor air quality events are possible today and for the next several days, but moderate dispersion is possible on Sunday which may help keep the air clean. Frost event may continue to help clean the air for the next few days."

Visible emissions from wood stoves and fire places are now allowed in the Missoula Air Stagnation Zone and Impact Zone M.

"But while this period of poor dispersion persists, the department requests that people minimize their use of wood stoves and fireplaces, and if you do burn wood, burn as cleanly as possible," Schmidt said.

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