Aug 26, 2012 9:37 AM by Q2 News
Smoke from the Delphia fire is producing unhealthy air in Billings Sunday morning. According to air quality data from the Montana Department of Enviornmental Quality conditions worsened overnight hitting "unhealthy" status around 4am this morning. Unhealthy air is also being reported in the Bitteroot Valley of Montana this morning due to fires in Idaho. With unhealthy air the DEQ recommends people with respirator or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid prolonged exertion. Everyone else should limit prolonged exertion. Temperatures will be warmer today and the air will be very dry. Heavy amounts of smoke will be produced today with winds expected to come from the southwest. We will stay hot, dry, and smoky through Tuesday with a chance of more dry lightning with a Monday storm. A strong cold front is forecast for Wednesday which will be our next real chance to clear out this smoke.