Smoke from the Colt Fire, burning 15 miles northwest of Seeley Lake, is impacting air quality in parts of western Montana. The fire has grown to over 1,500 acres and is 0% contained.
The smoke from the fire is causing air quality to deteriorate in Seeley Lake, Condon, and Lindbergh Lake. The air quality is currently considered unhealthy for sensitive groups in Seeley Lake and Condon, and unhealthy in Lindbergh Lake.
People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children are especially vulnerable to the effects of smoke inhalation. If you are in these areas, you should avoid outdoor activities and stay indoors if possible. If you must go outside, wear a mask to protect your lungs from the smoke.
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is monitoring the air quality and will issue advisories as needed. You can check the DEQ website for the latest air quality information.
The Colt Fire is being fought by firefighters from the Lolo National Forest and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Tips for staying safe during a wildfire:
- Stay informed about the fire and its location.
- If you are in an evacuation zone, leave immediately.
- If you are not in an evacuation zone, but you are near the fire, be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.
- Close all windows and doors to keep smoke out of your home.
- If you must go outside, wear a mask to protect your lungs from the smoke.
- Stay hydrated.
- Monitor the air quality and follow the advice of local officials.
For more information on how to stay safe during a wildfire, visit the website of the National Fire Protection Association.