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.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

8/06/13 DEQ smoke forecast

Even though there are several wildfires burning in Idaho, as well as in Oregon, Washington, and Montana, almost all areas in Idaho have remained in the Good air quality range yesterday.  The exception to this is Lowman.  Lowman experienced a few hours of Moderate air quality during the early morning hours.  However, by mid-morning, the air quality returned to the Good range.

Today, wind directions across the state are generally from the west-southwest, with northwest winds in the Treasure and Magic Valleys. Transport winds will be light at 8-15 mph.  Areas to the east of fires, as well as drainage basins, will experience light smoke impacts.  However, during the day, any wildfire smoke in the valleys should mix out. 

All areas of Idaho are forecasted to remain in the Good air quality for today.  Lowman is currently experiencing Moderate air quality again this morning.  However, the smoke is expected to clear out by mid-morning and the remainder of the day should be Good air quality.

4 emergency monitors have been installed in Idaho to help monitor smoke impacts from wildfires:
  -  DEQ installed a monitor in Challis for the Lodgepole fire. The information can be found at http://app.airsis.com/USFS/ Choose monitor #Idaho1004
  -  The USFS installed monitors in Lowman, Atlanta, Challis.  The information can be found at http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/smoke.pl
  • Lowman monitor is Smoke#19
  • Atlanta monitor is Smoke#13
  • Challis monitor is Smoke#21 – co-located with DEQ’s monitor
  • Users should be aware that the Forest Service site reports the data in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).  To convert from UTS to Mountain Daylight Time, subtract 6 hours.
View DEQ near-real time monitoring at:  http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/
 
Seven large wildfires are now burning in Idaho.  All fires showed very little activity yesterday.  Therefore, smoke production was light.

Fire Name
Location
Start Date/Cause
Current Size (acres)
Ridge fire
15 miles north of Lowman
July 16 by lightning
5,270
Lodgepole fire
10 miles west of Challis
July 20 by lightning
20,325
Gold Pan Complex
35 miles southwest of Conner, MT in the Bitterroot National Forest
July 16 by lightning
16,342
Papoose Fire
40 miles west of Salmon
July 8 by lightning
9,474
Crescendo
22 miles south of Avery, ID

1,100
Thunder City fire
4 miles northeast of Stibnite, ID
July 19 by lightning
1,533
Mabey fire
5 miles northeast of Bancroft
August 5 - unknown
867

Smoke forecasts are dependent on predicted fire growth and weather.  If conditions change unexpectedly, impacts could occur.  Communities nearby active fires may experience periods of air quality which are Moderate (visibility of 6-10 miles).  When visibility starts to go below 5 miles, sensitive groups should minimize outdoor activities.  Everyone else should minimize prolonged or physical activity outdoors.  Refer to the Smoke and Health Tab on the Idaho Smoke Information Blog for additional health information. 

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

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