Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 11:00am
Air Quality Advisory in Effect for Portions of the Nez Perce Reservation
Due to wildfire smoke from local and regional wildfires, an Air Quality Advisory is issued for Clearwater County and the northern sections of Lewis and Nez Perce Counties on the Nez Perce Reservation including the cities of Orofino, Peck, and Lapwai Depending on fire and wind activity, wildfire smoke may move in and out of these areas and shift into other communities. Some areas may be more impacted than others. No EPA/NPT burn permits will be approved. Conditions will be reassessed and an air quality update issued by 10:00am, Wednesday, September 9th, 2020.
Air quality is currently ranging from the “Moderate” to the “Very Unhealthy” categories of the Air Quality Index (AQI). To track regional air quality, visit the Idaho Smoke Blog AirNow Website. For AQI health-related information, visit: AQI Basics.
The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare has two charts that may be of interest: Community Guide for Staying Healthy During Wildfire Events and School Activity Guidelines for Wildfire Smoke Events.
Sensitive groups include:
- Infants, children, pregnant women, elders
- People who have high exposure (those who work, exercise, or spend extensive time outdoors)
- People with existing health conditions or chronic diseases like asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, heart disease, COPD or diabetes.
AirNow Website: airnow.gov
Idaho Fire Information Blog: idahofireinfo.com
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare: Wildfire Smoke and Your Health
Idaho Smoke Information Hotline: 1-800-345-1007