Missoula Air Quality Specialist Warns of Wildfire Smoke

Five years have passed since the 2017 wildfires, including the Lolo Peak and Rice Ridge fires, but residents of West Montana still remember the heavy smoke from the area of ​​Missoula and Lake Seleigh.

KGVO Talk Return Show hosted by Missoula City-County Health Department Air Quality Specialist Sarah Kofield on Thursday Talk Show.

Misola County mentioned those fires by encouraging residents to prepare for the coming wildfires.

“If you want to clean your home with a room, you can do a good job of cleaning the room with a portable air purifier or air purifier using the right HEPA filter. It’s going to be cleaned up quickly.

If Coefield is too expensive for commercial air purifiers, she suggests a less expensive solution.

“If you want to save a few dollars, you can get a new box fan and an efficient furnace filter, just stick your own air purifier on the back of the box fan,” she said. “For that, you are looking for a box fan with built-in security features after 2011. Underwriter Labs, a large security firm, has tried and tried to burn these opposites and failed.

Rice Ridge Fire has been the subject of intense wildfires in the area for months.

“In Seleigh Lake, the university went there and found a group of people living in that horrible smoke, which is worse than what we have seen so far,” she said. “Statistically, we measure our dust particles by the amount of particle particles in the air and the national ambient air quality of 35 microns per day, which you do not want to exceed. The machine is a maximum of 1000. “

Coefield explains what residents of the Missoula area should look for if the next wildfire sends smoke into the valley.

“During any fire, I think it is very important to pay attention to your body’s response to smoke and to respect the signals it gives you,” she said. “As the smoke builds up, you may begin to notice that your chest is heavier, more loud, and your ability to be active in the smoke is the same, and you will respect that. Do not force yourself to take these things. ”

Click here to listen to the full interview with Sarah Cofield.

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