Date/Time Issued: Monday, August 01, 2016/11:00am
Next Update: Wednesday, August 03, 2016/1:00pm
Air Quality Forecast and Caution
Due to regional wildfire smoke, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued an Air Quality Forecast and Caution with a mandatory burn ban to notify residents of Blaine County of degraded air quality. Air quality is currently in the MODERATE category and is forecast to remain in the MODERATE category for the next day. Please note that some areas may experience hours of elevated smoke levels and move into the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups category. 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 in accordance with the Rules for the Control of Air Pollution in Idaho (IDAPA 58.01.01.550).
For more information, contact DEQ’s Regional Office in Twin Falls at (208) 736-2190.
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.