Idaho Smoke Map

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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. The map is not able to display the temporary monitors. Check the AIR QUALITY NOW tab below for links for these monitors.

Monday, August 22, 2016

DEQ is issuing an Air Quality Forecast and Caution

DEQ is issuing an
Air Quality Forecast & Caution

Date/Time Issued: Monday, August 22, 2016/12:00    p.m.

Next Update: Tuesday, August 23, 2016/12:00 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 Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Benewah and Shoshone Counties  of degraded air quality.  Air quality is currently ranges from GOOD to Unhealthy for Sensitive People categories. 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

New ignition of 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 Coeur d'Alene at (208) 769-1422.
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.

 

 

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