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**(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.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DEQ Air Quality Forecast and Caution-Extension

DEQ is issuing an 

Air Quality Forecast & Caution

Date/Time Issued: Tuesday, August 19, 2014/10:00 a.m.
Next Update: Friday, August 22, 2014/10:00 a.m.
Due to smoke from the Johnson Bar fire in Idaho County, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued an Air Quality Forecast and Caution to notify residents of northeast Idaho County, east of the Nez Perce Reservation line (near Kooskia/Stites) to the Montana border, and from the northern Idaho County line south to Hwy 14; communities include, Syringa, Lowell, Elk City, and those within the defined area of degraded air quality.  Air quality is currently in the MODERATE category and is forecast to remain in the Moderate to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups category over the next few days.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
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
For more information about wildfire smoke, visit Idaho’s Smoke Blog at

Air Quality Index (AQI):
0 to 50
Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk
51 to 100
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
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
Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health effects.
For more information on the AQI, read EPA’s AQI brochure at

* 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.

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