DEQ is issuing an
Air Quality Forecast & Caution
Date/Time Issued: Friday, August 22, 2014/10:00 a.m.
Next Update: Tuesday, August 26, 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 58.01.01.550).
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 about wildfire smoke, visit Idaho’s Smoke Blog at idsmoke.blogspot.com.
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.