DEQ is extending an
Air Quality Forecast & Caution
Date/Time Issued: Tuesday, September 06, 2016/12 p.m.
Next Update: Wednesday, September 07, 2016/12 p.m.
Due to significant wild fire smoke impacts, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued an Air Quality Forecast and Caution to notify residents of Custer and Lemhi counties of degraded air quality. Air quality is currently in the GOOD category and is forecast to range from Unhealthy for sensitive to Good within the affected areas. 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
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 Idaho Falls at (208) 528-2650.
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):
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.