Idaho Smoke Map

Idaho Smoke Map Legend

**(Preliminary Data Warning: Data found on the map shown below is preliminary and is subject to change. Data is in local standard time format - no adjustment for daylight savings time. The map is not able to display the temporary monitors. Check the AIR QUALITY NOW tab below for links for these monitors.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Smoke still hanging around, especially in the north


It looks to be much of the same today with the greatest smoke impacts over the Panhandle and south to Grangeville. There will be lesser impacts over south-central and eastern Idaho, while the southwest looks to receive the lowest air quality values, though they are still inflated due to regional smoke. The highest values should be expected within the valleys and drainages from the Canadian border within the Purcell Trench and south along the western border of ID/WA into the Clearwater drainages into the Palouse. Once again, smoke over the Central Idaho Mountains will move east, but should miss Salmon this afternoon and stay to the south; however this evening smoke is expected to drain into the Salmon-Challis regions. Expect smoke to lift in the afternoon and settle back down once evening comes.

This evening, expect smoke to stay within the Salmon River drainages and west to Riggins. There look to be local nighttime impacts in the vicinity of McCall. The Panhandle will also be heavily impacted this evening with smoke settling within the Purcell Trench down into Spokane while the Clearwater looks to experience lesser impacts.

This model is forecasting smoke to impact the Central Idaho Mountains and the northern Magic Valley as well as locally high concentrations over the Panhandle.

HRRR-Smoke: Near surface smoke forecast initialized 06 UTC 08/16/2018 and valid 18 UTC (12pm MDT) 08/16/2018. Data Source: NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Air Quality Forecast and Caution Extended - Lewiston Area

Air Quality Forecast and Caution - Extended

Date/Time Issued: Wednesday, August 15, 2018/10:00 a.m.
Next Update: Friday, August 17, 2018/10:00 a.m.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued an Air Quality Forecast and Caution to notify residents of Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis, and Nez Perce counties, river corridors and surrounding areas off the Nez Perce Reservation  of degraded air quality.  Due to wildfire smoke, BURNING RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT.  Air quality is currently in the MODERATE to UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS* category and is forecasted to remain degraded. The pollutant of concern is Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5).
Woodstove  Burning Restrictions
Voluntary burn ban for residential wood burning activities.

Outdoor Burning Restrictions
All outdoor open burning is prohibited by the Department of Environmental Quality in accordance with the Rules for the Control of Air Pollution in Idaho (IDAPA 58.01.01.550).

Health Impacts and Recommended Actions
When air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups, sensitive persons* may experience health effects and should limit prolonged or heavy exertion and limit time spent outdoors. The general public is unlikely to be affected.

Contact
For more information, contact DEQ’s Regional Office in Lewiston at (208) 799-4370.
For real-time air monitoring information, visit DEQ’s website at airquality.deq.idaho.gov.
For more information concerning local ordinances contact your local city or county.

Air Quality Index (AQI):

For more information on the AQI, visit http://www.epa.gov/airnow/aqi_brochure_02_14.pdf.
For more information about wildfire smoke, visit Idaho’s Smoke Blog at idsmoke.blogspot.com.
* Sensitive groups include those with heart and lung disease, older adults, and children.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 10:00am

Air Quality Advisory Remains in Effect on the Nez Perce Reservation

Due to wildfire smoke from regional wildfires, the Air Quality Advisory issued for the Nez Perce Reservation remains in effect. Depending on fire activity and wind, wildfire smoke may move in and out of the area.  Some areas may be more impacted than others, so please take appropriate precautions.

Affected Areas: All areas on the Nez Perce Reservation.

Air Quality Index (AQI) Category: Air quality is currently ranging from the “Moderate” to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” categories of the Air Quality Index, but may worsen.

To track regional air quality, visit the Idaho Smoke Info Blog “Air Quality Now” tab for hourly updates.

For AQI health-related information, visit www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=pubs.aqguidepart.

Sensitive groups include:
  • Infants, children, pregnant women, elders
  • People who have high exposure (those who work, exercise, or spend extensive time outdoors)
  • People with existing health conditions or chronic diseases like asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, heart disease, COPD or diabetes.

Restrictions: No EPA/NPT burn permits will be approved.

Next Update: Conditions will be reassessed and an air quality update issued by 10:00am, Friday, August 17, 2018.

Idaho Smoke Information Blog:  idsmoke.blogspot.com
Idaho Fire Information Blog:  idahofireinfo.com
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare:  Wildfire Smoke and Your Health
Idaho Smoke Information Hotline:  1-800-345-1007


Nez Perce Tribe ERWM Air Quality Program
208-843-9381 | 1-800-720-4089

Smoke mostly up north and across the middle of Idaho


Today, smoke impacts are expected to be greatest over the Panhandle and south to the Grangeville area with lesser impacts over south-central and eastern Idaho. The highest air quality monitor values should be expected within the valleys and drainages from the Canadian border within the Purcell Trench and south along the western border of ID/WA into the Clearwater drainages into the Palouse. Smoke over the Central Idaho Mountains will move east, but should miss Salmon this afternoon and stay to the south. Smoke should lift during the late afternoon before settling again in the evening. Smoke looks to have impacts from the South Fork of the Salmon and east into the Upper Middle Salmon, Middle Salmon, Upper Salmon, Pashimeroi, and Lemhi into the Upper Snake. 

This evening, smoke should drain into the Upper Snake via the Lemhi and Birch drainages moving south to Pocatello and east to Island Park. It looks like there will be local nighttime impacts in the vicinity of McCall. The Panhandle will also be heavily impacted this evening with smoke settling within the Purcell Trench down into Spokane while the Clearwater looks to experience lesser impacts.

This image depicts forecast smoke impacts to be within the drainages of the Purcell Trench across the Panhandle, the drainages around McCall and into the Lower Payette Valley, and across the eastern Central Idaho Mountains into the Upper Snake River Plain.
Airfire-Bluesky 3km model forecast initialized 00Z 08/15/2018 and valid 05Z 08/16/2018 (11pm MDT 08/15). Data Source: Airfire - Bluesky

Air Quality Forecast and Caution - Extended

Air Quality Forecast and Caution - Extended

 

Date/Time Issued: Wednesday, August 15, 2018/9:30 a.m.

Next Update: Friday, August 17, 2018/10:00 a.m.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued an Air Quality Advisory and Stage 1 Air Quality Forecast and Caution to notify residents of Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties of degraded air quality. Due to continued smoke impacts from wildfires around the western U.S. and Canada, air quality has been degraded.  Air quality is currently in the UNHEALTHY for SENSITIVE GROUPS to UNHEALTHY categories for several areas in north Idaho and is forecast to continue to be degraded for the next several days. The pollutant of concern is Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5).

Woodstove Burning Restrictions

No Restrictions

Outdoor Burning Restrictions

All outdoor open burning is prohibited by the Department of Environmental Quality in accordance with the Rules for the Control of Air Pollution in Idaho (IDAPA 58.01.01.550).

Health Impacts and Recommended Actions

When air quality is UNHEALTHY everyone may begin to experience health effects sensitive groups may experience more serious effects & should avoid prolonged/heavy exertion & stay indoors. Everyone else should limit time outdoors.

Contact

For more information, contact DEQ’s Regional Office in Coeur d'Alene at (208) 769-1422.

For real-time air monitoring information, visit DEQ’s website at airquality.deq.idaho.gov.

For more information concerning local ordinances contact your local city or county.

Air Quality Index (AQI):

 

For more information on the AQI, visit http://www.epa.gov/airnow/aqi_brochure_02_14.pdf.

For more information about wildfire smoke, visit Idaho’s Smoke Blog at idsmoke.blogspot.com.

* Sensitive groups include those with heart and lung disease, older adults, and children.

 

 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Air Quality Stage 1 Forecast and Caution - Lewiston Area


Smoke still around, not going anywhere today


Smoke impacts today are expected to be greatest over the Panhandle and south to the Grangeville area with lesser impacts over south-central and eastern Idaho. Smoke over the Central Idaho Mountains will track east, but should miss Salmon this afternoon and stay to the south. Smoke should lift during the late afternoon before settling again in the evening. Smoke looks to have impacts from the South Fork of the Salmon and east into the Upper Middle Salmon, the Middle Salmon, the Upper Salmon, Pahsimeroi, and Lemhi into the Upper Snake. This evening, expect smoke to drain into the Upper Snake via the Pahsimeroi and to a lesser extent down the Lemhi and Birch drainages and east to Island Park. There looks to be local nighttime impacts in the vicinity of McCall. The Panhandle will also be heavily impacted this evening with smoke settling within the Purcell Trench down into Spokane and again into the Clearwater.

A clear, narrow boundary of smoky/non smoky air is evident from the southwest to the Lemhi Valley. High concentrations of smoke are visible within the valleys of northern Idaho into Canada.  This corresponds to the highest readings across the state yesterday.

Modis Today: Terra visible satellite imagery for 08/13/2018.  Data Source: SSEC University of Wisconsin.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 10:00am

Air Quality Advisory in Effect on the Nez Perce Reservation

Due to wildfire smoke from regional wildfires, an Air Quality Advisory is issued for the Nez Perce Reservation. Depending on fire activity and wind, wildfire smoke may move in and out of the area.  Some areas may be more impacted than others, so please take appropriate precautions.

Affected Areas: All areas on the Nez Perce Reservation.

Air Quality Index (AQI) Category: Air quality is currently ranging from the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” to “Unhealthy” categories of the Air Quality Index.

To track regional air quality, visit the Idaho Smoke Info Blog “Air Quality Now” tab for hourly updates.

For AQI health-related information, visit www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=pubs.aqguidepart.

Sensitive groups include:
  • Infants, children, pregnant women, elders
  • People who have high exposure (those who work, exercise, or spend extensive time outdoors)
  • People with existing health conditions or chronic diseases like asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, heart disease, COPD or diabetes.

Restrictions: No EPA/NPT burn permits will be approved.

Next Update: Conditions will be reassessed and an air quality update issued by 10:00am, Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

Idaho Smoke Information Blog:  idsmoke.blogspot.com
Idaho Fire Information Blog:  idahofireinfo.com
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare:  Wildfire Smoke and Your Health
Idaho Smoke Information Hotline:  1-800-345-1007


Nez Perce Tribe ERWM Air Quality Program
208-843-9381 | 1-800-720-4089

Monday, August 13, 2018


Monday, August 13, 2018, 10:00am

Air Quality Advisory Lifted on the Nez Perce Reservation

Air quality has improved throughout the Nez Perce Reservation. The Air Quality Advisory is lifted.

Affected Areas: All areas on the Nez Perce Reservation.

Air Quality Index (AQI) Category: All areas on the Nez Perce Reservation are currently in the “Good” category of the Air Quality Index.

Although air quality conditions have improved, depending on fire activity and wind, wildfire smoke may move in and out of communities. Some areas may be more impacted than others, so please take appropriate precautions. For AQI health-related information, visit www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=pubs.aqguidepart.

Sensitive groups include:
  • Infants, children, pregnant women, elders
  • People who have high exposure (those who work, exercise, or spend extensive time outdoors)
  • People with existing health conditions or chronic diseases like asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, heart disease, COPD or diabetes.

Restrictions: No restrictions.

Idaho Smoke Information Blog:  idsmoke.blogspot.com
Idaho Fire Information Blog:  idahofireinfo.com
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare:  Wildfire Smoke and Your Health
Idaho Smoke Information Hotline:  1-800-345-1007

Nez Perce Tribe ERWM Air Quality Program
208-843-9381 | 1-800-720-4089

DEQ issues Air Quality Forecast and Caution

 

 

 

Air Quality Forecast and Caution - Issued

 

Date/Time Issued: Monday, August 13, 2018/9:30 a.m.

Next Update: Tuesday, August 14, 2018/11:00 a.m.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued an Air Quality Advisory and Stage 1 Air Quality Forecast and Caution to notify residents of Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties of degraded air quality. Due to smoke from wildfires around the western U.S. and  Canada, air quality has been degraded.  Air quality is currently in the UNHEALTHY category for several areas in north Idaho and is forecast to continue to be degraded for the next several days. The pollutant of concern is Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5).

Woodstove Burning Restrictions

No Restrictions

Outdoor Burning Restrictions

All outdoor open burning is prohibited by the Department of Environmental Quality in accordance with the Rules for the Control of Air Pollution in Idaho (IDAPA 58.01.01.550).

Health Impacts and Recommended Actions

When air quality is UNHEALTHY everyone may begin to experience health effects sensitive groups may experience more serious effects & should avoid prolonged/heavy exertion & stay indoors. Everyone else should limit time outdoors.

Contact

For more information, contact DEQ’s Regional Office in Coeur d'Alene at (208) 769-1422.

For real-time air monitoring information, visit DEQ’s website at airquality.deq.idaho.gov.

For more information concerning local ordinances contact your local city or county.

Air Quality Index (AQI):

 

For more information on the AQI, visit http://www.epa.gov/airnow/aqi_brochure_02_14.pdf.

For more information about wildfire smoke, visit Idaho’s Smoke Blog at idsmoke.blogspot.com.

* Sensitive groups include those with heart and lung disease, older adults, and children.