Issued 0900 PDT Friday, August 4, 2017
Most of Idaho is in the Moderate Category for Air Quality due to current weather and fires burning in Washington, Canada, Oregon, Montana and Idaho.
Wildfire smoke will likely persist through the weekend for most of Idaho. Concentrations are likely to remain higher in the north with some improvements possible for south Idaho. The southeastern region of the state is under a NWS Red Flag Warning for gusty winds and potential for wildfire growth through today.
DEQ Air Quality Advisories:
- Air Quality Advisory Issued for: Boundary, Bonner, Shoshone, Kootenai, Benewah Counties. An update is expected today Friday August 4 by 10am.
- Stage One Forecast and Caution – Open Burn Ban issued for: Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis, and Nez Perce. This is active through Monday August 7 at 10am.
- Stage One Forecast and Caution – Open Burn Ban issued for: Ada, Canyon, Elmore Counties. An update is expected today Friday August 4 by 3pm.
- For Additional Information Visit DEQ’s Open Burn Map http://www2.deq.idaho.gov/air/AQIPublic/Map/OutdoorBurn
Significant Fires impacting Idaho:
Pacific Northwest – Several fires to the west of Idaho are actively burning over 35,000 acres.
Montana – Over 40,000 acres are actively burning in the Lolo National forest.
British Columbia – Over 100 fires actively burning in British Columbia. The four largest fires burning total over 700,000 acres.
Active Idaho Fires – I did not include fires that have minimal fire activity however they may impact some areas of concern.