Air Quality in San Francisco May Continue To Suck Until Mid-Week

Grant Boone
September 15, 2020

Air quality across many parts of Montana is now rated at levels ranging from "unhealthy for sensitive groups" to "hazardous".

Areas along the Hi-Line east of the Divide remain largely unaffected, with air quality listed as good.

Clark County will likely have hazardous air quality until the end of the week, according to weather forecast modeling.

Due to smoke from wildfires in the USA and B.C., Environment Canada has issued an air quality statement for the southwestern edge of the province, including Banff National Park, Canmore-Kananaskis, the Crowsnest Pass and Waterton Lakes National Park.

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"Basically went from a more favorable flow where we weren't getting the smoke to westerly flow, which brought all that smoke in from OR", said Bill Wojcik, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service in Boise.

Wildfire smoke from fires in Washington and OR have led to unhealthy air conditions for much of southern British Columbia, but the weather agency expects an infusion of Pacific air will give Metro Vancouver and the South Coast some relief today but it's expected localized smoke will continue linger for a couple of days.

Conditions in Portland were far worse early Tuesday than those in Seattle or Vancouver, British Columbia - the major cities whose air quality were the second- and third-worst globally at that point.

Temperatures tomorrow will depend on how thick the smoke is. Air quality throughout the state has been heavily impacted.

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