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 5, 2014

08/05/14 Idaho DEQ Smoke Forecast

Updated 1000 MDT Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Valid through Noon MDT Friday, August 8, 2014

Smoke Outlook

Most of Idaho has maintained Good levels of air quality except for north Idaho, which is currently experiencing Moderate conditions this morning due to the fires burning in Washington.  Even with periods of Moderate, the 24hr AQI was in the Good category except for parts of the Idaho Panhandle and Clearwater Basin.

The mid-level low pressure system located along the ID-NV border will progress slowly towards the northeast.  This will keep southern Idaho under a deformation zone which will continue to funnel monsoon moisture into southeast and eastern Idaho this afternoon.  There is a shortwave passing slightly north of the Canadian-Idaho border.  This system will continue to send small pulses into the Idaho Panhandle.  There is a threat of thunderstorms in the extreme northern parts of the Idaho Panhandle and southeast and eastern regions.  Any storms that do develop will be weak persistent cloud cover in the southern portions will limit heating.  Similar weather can be expected through Friday with a general drying trend as westerly flow returns over Idaho and decreases in shower activity each day.


Smoke impacts today will be similar to yesterday and confined mostly to light smoke across the northern part of state, north of the Salmon River.  Primary sources will continue to be fires burning in Oregon and Washington.

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

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.  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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