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.

Monday, August 29, 2016


DEQ is issuing an
Air Quality Forecast & Caution
Date/Time Issued: Monday, August 29, 2016/3:00 p.m.
Next Update: Tuesday, August 30, 2016/1:00 p.m.

Due to wildfire smoke, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued an Air Quality Forecast and Caution to notify residents of Blaine County of degraded air quality.  Air quality is currently in the UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS* category and is forecast to remain through the night. The pollutant of concern is Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5).
 
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.
 
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).
 
Contact
For more information, contact DEQ’s Regional Office in Twin Falls at (208) 736-2190.
For real-time air monitoring information, visit DEQ’s website at
airquality.deq.idaho.gov.
For more information about wildfire smoke, visit Idaho’s Smoke Blog at idsmoke.blogspot.com.
 
Air Quality Index (AQI):
Range
Category
Meaning
0 to 50
 
Good
Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk
51 to 100
 
Moderate
Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
101 to 150
 
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.
151 to 200
 
Unhealthy
Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.
201 to 300
 
Very Unhealthy
Health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.
301 to 500
 
Hazardous
Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health effects.

 

For more information on the AQI, read EPA’s AQI brochure at http://www.epa.gov/airnow/aqi_brochure_02_14.pdf.

 

* Sensitive groups for particulate matter include those with heart and lung disease, older adults, and children. Sensitive groups for ozone include those with lung disease, older adults, and children.

Custer county air quality alert extention

DEQ is extending an

Air Quality Forecast & Caution

Date/Time Issued: Monday, August 29, 2016/4 p.m.

Next Update: Tuesday, August 30, 2016/4 p.m.

Due to significant wild fire smoke impacts, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued an Air Quality Forecast and Caution to notify residents of Custer county of degraded air quality.  Air quality is currently in the MODERATE category and is forecast to range from Unhealthy for sensitive to Good within the affected areas. The pollutant of concern is Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5).

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.

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).

Contact

For more information, contact DEQ’s Regional Office in Idaho Falls at (208) 528-2650.

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

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

Air Quality Index (AQI):

Range

Category

Meaning

0 to 50

 

Good

Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk

51 to 100

 

Moderate

Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.

101 to 150

 

Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups

Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.

151 to 200

 

Unhealthy

Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.

201 to 300

 

Very Unhealthy

Health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.

301 to 500

 

Hazardous

Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health effects.

 

For more information on the AQI, read EPA’s AQI brochure at http://www.epa.gov/airnow/aqi_brochure_02_14.pdf.

 

* Sensitive groups for particulate matter include those with heart and lung disease, older adults, and children. Sensitive groups for ozone include those with lung disease, older adults, and children.

 

 

Teton county alert lift

DEQ is lifting an

Air Quality Forecast & Caution

Date/Time Issued: Monday, August 29, 2016/3 p.m.

Next Update: as needed

Due to significant reduction in wild fire smoke impacts, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued an Air Quality Forecast and Caution to notify residents of Teton county of improved air quality.  Air quality is currently in the GOOD category and is forecast to range from Good to Moderate within the affected areas. The pollutant of concern is Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5).

Health Impacts and Recommended Actions

When air quality is moderate, air quality is acceptable; however, people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution may experience health impacts and should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion.

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).

Contact

For more information, contact DEQ’s Regional Office in Idaho Falls at (208) 528-2650.

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

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

Air Quality Index (AQI):

Range

Category

Meaning

0 to 50

 

Good

Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk

51 to 100

 

Moderate

Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.

101 to 150

 

Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups

Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.

151 to 200

 

Unhealthy

Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.

201 to 300

 

Very Unhealthy

Health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.

301 to 500

 

Hazardous

Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health effects.

 

For more information on the AQI, read EPA’s AQI brochure at http://www.epa.gov/airnow/aqi_brochure_02_14.pdf.

 

* Sensitive groups for particulate matter include those with heart and lung disease, older adults, and children. Sensitive groups for ozone include those with lung disease, older adults, and children.

 

 

Air Quality Advisory - Stage 1 Alert for Boise County Extended

DEQ is extending an

Air Quality Forecast &Caution

Date/Time Issued: Monday, August 29, 2016/3:00 p.m.

Next Update: Tuesday, August 30, 2016/3:00 p.m.

Due to continued elevated smoke impacts from local and regional wildfire activity, the Idaho

Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has extended an Air Quality Forecast and Caution

to notify residents of Boise County of degraded air quality. Air quality is currently in the

MODERATE category and is forecast to continue for the next 24-

48 hours. Hourly values may range from the good to unhealthy levels throughout the day. 

The pollutant of concern is Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5).

Health Impacts and Recommended Actions

When air quality is moderate, air quality is acceptable; however, people who are unusually

sensitive to air pollution may experience health impacts and should consider reducing

prolonged or heavy exertion.

Outdoor Burning Restrictions

All outdoor open burning is prohibited by the Department of Environmental Quality Rules for

the Control of Air Pollution in Idaho (IDAPA 58.01.01.550).

Contact

For more information, contact DEQ’s Regional Office in Boise at (208) 373-0550.

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

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

 

 

08/29/2016 Idaho DEQ Smoke Forecast

Updated 8am MDT Monday, August 29, 2016

Valid through Noon MDT Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Smoke Outlook

Air quality is forecast to continue to remain in the Good to Moderate air quality category across the state today.  Current elevated DEQ monitors include St. Maries and Boise, which are reading in the Moderate Category.  Ketchum is reading in the Unhealthy category this morning and the Twin Falls monitor is currently not reporting.  Garden City is reporting elevated readings this morning as well.  Expect higher readings in the morning before clearing in the afternoon.
                                                  
An upper level low pressure system in the Gulf of Alaska will provide a southwest steering flow for all of Idaho today. This system will remain entrenched for some time -at least through Wednesday- as it sends weak lobes of energy over Idaho through the week. For today, surface wind speeds will range from 5-15 mph with higher speeds across the Central Idaho Mountains.  Surface wind direction will be from the south-southeast across the Lower and Middle Snake with southwest to west winds across the Upper Snake.  Expect locally northeast winds across the Rathdrum and within the Purcell Trench.  Mixing heights will range from 1,500-11,000 feet AGL.  Transport wind speed will be between 5-10 mph and be from the northwest with locally southwest winds that follow the surface flow.  Ventilation is forecast to be POOR in the morning and GOOD in the afternoon with locally MARGINAL ventilation across parts of Payette County and Canyon County.  Expect POOR to locally MARGINAL ventilation across the northern Panhandle as well as Nez Perce County.  Inversions are expected to break between 11am-1pm.

The Pioneer fire will continue to produce smoke as it grows.  Expect to see impacts across the Upper Snake this morning before clearing to the northeast once the inversion lifts.  Dispersion this afternoon looks to be good and will promote clearing after the inversion lifts around 12noon-1pm today over southern Idaho.  The southwesterly flow pattern will help move smoke out of the Snake River Plain today but looks to move smoke from the Pioneer Fire into the Salmon area via Stanley and Challis.  Tonight, expect smoke to drain into the Ketchum area and into the Snake River Plain. Tomorrow, the south-southwest winds will push smoke out of the Snake River Plain once more with a similar pattern of impact location as today due to the similar weather pattern on Tuesday.

DEQ Air Quality Forecast and Cautions:

  • The Idaho Falls Regional Office has extended a Stage 1 Air Quality Forecast and Caution for Teton, and Custer Counties. Valid through Monday, August 29th at 4:00 p.m
  •  The Boise Regional Office has extended a Stage 1 Air Quality Forecast and Caution for Boise County.  Valid through Monday, August 29th at 3:00 p.m.

View DEQ near-real time monitoring at: http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/

The USFS installed monitors near Stanley, Idaho, Garden Valley, Idaho, Centerville, Idaho, and Lowman, Idaho.  Idaho DEQ has installed temporary monitors in Fairfield and Boise (Garden City), Idaho. The information can be found at http://smoke.airfire.org/monitoringReport/#/?date=LATEST&productType=plotTable.
·         Stanley, ID monitor is Stanley-Idaho 75
·         Lowman, ID monitor is Lowman-Jolene Drive
·         Garden Valley, ID monitor is Garden Valley-Babcock Lane
·         Fairfield, ID monitor is Fairfield-Soldier Road
·         Boise, ID monitor is Garden City-Alworth Street

Smoke forecasts are dependent on predicted fire growth and weather.  If conditions change unexpectedly, impacts could occur.  When visibility starts to go below 5 miles, sensitive groups should minimize outdoor activities.  Everyone else should minimize prolonged or physical activity outdoors.  Visit the Idaho Smoke Blog for more information at http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/

Your eyes are your best tools to determine if it’s safe to be outside.  Even if you smell smoke, the air quality may still be good. 

AQI Category
Visibility (miles)
Good
11+
Moderate
6-10
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
3-5
Unhealthy
1½  -2¾
Very Unhealthy
1-1¼ 
Hazardous
Less than 1

How to estimate air quality based on visibility for areas without an air quality monitor or airport visibility estimate:

a. Face away from the sun.
b. Determine the limit of your visible range by looking for targets at known distances (miles).
c. Visible range is when an object you can easily see in the distance disappears.
d. Use the visibility values above to determine the local wildfire smoke category.