The recent hazy and smoky sky above Bozeman is a reminder that wildfire season is still here. As a result of current wildfires, the air quality may vary in the next few weeks. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has air quality monitoring stations throughout the state that can help you assess the smoke level and whether you are at risk outdoors. To find out more on today’s air quality, click here. You can also find information and resources regarding outdoor air quality on the Healthy Gallatin Outdoor Air Quality page.
Remember: wildfires can occur at anytime and anywhere, which makes them a serious threat. They can start in remote wilderness areas, in national parks, or even in your back yard. For those that live near wild lands, take steps in order to make your property more resistant to wildfires and have an evacuation plan for your family and pets.
As summer draws to a close and we begin to prepare for colder weather, it is a great time to make sure you are prepared for any possible emergency, not just wildfires. During a large disaster, it could take days for additional help and resources to reach our area. That’s why it is important to have a plan for you and your family, as well as at least three days worth of food and water for all family members and pets.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to prepare for an emergency. Make a plan and emergency supplies kit today!
For more information on the Healthy Gallatin Emergency Preparedness Program, click here.
Learn more about wildfires and preparedness here.