Eastern Walsh County Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Watches & Warnings

Special Statement
Issued: 6:28 AM CDT Aug. 18, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Poor air quality across North Dakota due to wildfire smoke...

This information is being relayed from the North Dakota department
of health.

The North Dakota department of health urges residents, especially
those with respiratory conditions, to consider limiting prolonged
outdoor activities while smoky conditions remain across North
Dakota.

Wildfires along the West Coast and in Montana, Idaho and Canada
are sending smoke across the state. Particulate matter consists of
extremely small particles of ashes and soot found in the air.

Particulate matter can be irritating to the respiratory system,
especially for those who suffer from chronic copd, asthma, and
allergies. The North Dakota department of health advises people
with respiratory conditions, the elderly and Young children to
limit prolonged outdoor exposure. People reacting to smoke to the
extent that it is affecting breathing should seek immediate help
from a medical provider.

Except for northeastern North Dakota, ground-level particulate
concentrations are currently decreasing in the state. However,
satellite imagery and fire conditions show increased
transportation of particulates in the upper atmosphere. Elevated
particulate numbers may become a concern as upper atmospheric
conditions change.

For up to date information on the region's current air quality and
tips on respiratory protections during a smoke event, visit
https://deq.ND.Gov/aq/monitoring/wildfire.Aspx.



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