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.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

08/24/2016 Idaho DEQ Smoke Forecast

Updated 11am MDT Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Valid through Noon MDT Thursday, August 25, 2016

Smoke Outlook

Air quality is forecast to continue to remain in the Good to Moderate air quality category across the state today with higher readings across Boise County, Custer County, Bonneville County, and Teton County due to the proximity and drainage of the Pioneer Fire as well as fires in western Wyoming.  Current elevated DEQ monitors include Salmon, Rexburg, Franklin, Garden Valley, Idaho City, Pinehurst, Potlatch, Lewiston, and the Coeur d’Alene tribal monitor in Plummer which are all reading in the Moderate Category.  Idaho Falls is currently reading in the Unhealthy category.
A weak upper level trough will provide continued northeast to northwest winds with cooler temperatures.  Surface wind speeds will range between 5-15 mph with gusts to 25 mph across the Treasure Valley.  Surface wind direction will be from the west-northwest with north-northeast winds across much of northern Idaho.  Skies will be sunny to mostly sunny all day with mostly cloudy skies over the extreme northern Panhandle where there is a slight chance for isolated thunderstorms this afternoon.  There will also be a chance for scattered thunderstorms across the Bitterroots and along the Continental Divide this afternoon.  Mixing heights will range from 2,000-9,000 feet AGL with Marginal ventilation over Boundary County.  Transport wind speed will be between 5-15 mph and be from the northwest to north-northeast.  Ventilation is forecast to be POOR in the morning and GOOD in the afternoon.  Inversions are expected to break between 10am-1pm.

Smoke from the Pioneer Fire will affect the Ketchum area within the Big and Little Wood drainages into the Arco Desert to Pocatello.  This afternoon, a northwest to west wind will provide some clearing out of the Snake River Plain with impacts confined to mainly east of Mountain Home and east through much of the Upper Snake.  New fire starts this past weekend look to produce smoke across eastern and southeast Idaho with impacts into the Idaho Falls, Rexburg, Teton Valley, and Island Park area and south to Soda Springs.  An easterly wind across northern Idaho will remove impacts from fires in Washington; however, it will bring morning smoke from Montana fires this morning before lifting out this afternoon.  Tonight, drainage smoke will again enter the Lower Snake River Plain east of Boise as well as down into the Middle and Upper Snake via the Arco Desert extending east to Island Park. Tomorrow, widespread light smoke aloft is expected into the afternoon from the Middle Snake east to Idaho Falls.  Brief, morning impacts should be expected across the Silver Valley, Clearwater drainages, and Columbia Basin. 

DEQ Air Quality Forecast and Cautions:
  • The Idaho Falls Regional Office has issued a Stage 1 Air Quality Forecast and Caution for Teton, Bonneville, and Custer Counties. Valid through Wednesday, August 24th at 4:00 p.m
  • The Boise Regional Office has extended a Stage 1 Air Quality Forecast and Caution for Boise County. Valid through Wednesday, August 24th at 3:00 p.m.
The Boise Regional Office has extended a Stage 1 Air Quality Forecast and Caution for Boise County. Valid through Wednesday, August 24th at 3:00 p.m.

View DEQ near-real time monitoring at:

The USFS installed monitors near Stanley, Idaho and Lowman, Idaho.  Idaho DEQ has installed temporary monitors in Fairfield and Boise (Garden City), Idaho. The information can be found at
·         Stanley, ID monitor is Stanley-Idaho 75
·         Lowman, ID monitor is Lowman-Jolene Drive
·         Fairfield, ID monitor is Fairfield-Soldier Road
·         Boise, ID monitor is Garden City-Alworth Street

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.  Visit the Idaho Smoke Blog for more information at

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)
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
1½  -2¾
Very Unhealthy
Less than 1

How to estimate air quality based on visibility for areas without an air quality monitor or airport visibility estimate:

a. Face away from the sun.
b. Determine the limit of your visible range by looking for targets at known distances (miles).
c. Visible range is when an object you can easily see in the distance disappears.
d. Use the visibility values above to determine the local wildfire smoke category.

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