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.

Friday, September 24, 2021

End of daily posting for 2021

Well, folks, we've made it to the end more or less. There are still some fires burning around Idaho in our neighboring states but it seems we've reached the end of significant smoke impacts. We will not be posting daily for the rest of this year and our fingers are crossed for a mild season next  year!

In the meantime, please check our regional air quality forecasting page for daily air quality information.

We've also just launched a new air quality mobile app, AIR Idaho, to provide forecasted and current air quality information to help protect your health during poor air quality episodes! The AIR Idaho app features air quality information relative to your location as well as an interactive real-time map that displays data from over 30 monitoring stations across the state. It also provides a three-day forecast detailing whether the air quality is expected to deteriorate and if there are times when air quality is expected to be better.

The app also features real-time information related open burning restrictions, a list of regional and statewide air quality resources, tips to stay safe during a smoke or inversion event, and information on how you can help protect our air.

Users can download the app for free at the App Store for iPhone or Google Play and select a location to receive information for a specific area. Enable notifications to receive information on local air quality advisories and burn restrictions. Use your phone’s location services to receive information for your area; or select a default county if you do not use your phone’s location.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Clear day today

Air quality forecasts for today are in the Good to Moderate Category.

No major smoke impacts are expected today outside of the Eastern and Southeast Highlands where hazy skies may develop from time to time.  A chance for showers in that area today will limit any long-duration impacts from smoke. A change in wind patterns may bring smoke back to southern Idaho on September 22nd. 


Video: Near surface smoke from the Canadian FireWork model initialized at 00Z (06pm 09/19 MDT).

Friday, September 17, 2021

Windy weekend ahead

Air quality forecasts are in the Good to Moderate Category. 

Today, smoke aloft from regional fires will move into Idaho, expanding from central Idaho south of Lewiston to the UT/NV border. The highest smoke concentrations will be within the central Idaho mountains due to the combination of the regional smoke and smoke from local sources. On Saturday, brief impacts can be expected across the Lower Treasure Valley as smoke tracks to the northeast. Precipitation and breezy winds will provide clearing in some regions. Regions that remain dry with slower winds will see greater smoke impacts while other regions with higher winds and precipitation should improve.

Video: Canadian FireWork Near Surface Smoke Model initialized at 00Z (09/16 6pm MDT) and shows smoke increasing across Idaho through the weekend with short duration impacts as an active weather pattern helps to alleviate any increases in concentrations.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Smoke near fires, clear elsewhere

Air quality forecasts for today are in the Good to Moderate Category.

Aloft smoke continues to sit along the southern Idaho border with Nevada but is not moving north into the state. Smoke impacts will be highest near local fires.


Video: Canadian Firework model initialized at 00Z (06pm MDT 09/15/21) and shows smoke along the south Idaho border. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Some smoke aloft but clear at ground level

Air quality forecasts are in the Good to Moderate Category. 

Smoke aloft will move in over southern Idaho, but conditions near the ground will remain clear today. Tomorrow morning, smoke will begin to drop to the surface over the elevated terrain of the Southeast Highlands before tracking south.


Video: HRRR-Smoke Near Surface Smoke initialized at 12Z (06am MDT) and valid at 12Z (06am 09/16/21) shows increased smoke at the surface over the Southeast Highlands and parts of the central Idaho mountains.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Another clear day

Air quality forecasts are in the Good to Moderate Category.

Wind speeds help to keep smoke moving and prevent any stagnation. Areas of concern are limited to those in the vicinity of active fires. Breezy conditions tomorrow will continue to keep air quality in the good and moderate range. Some smoke is evident on satellite imagery along the ID/NV/UT border.

Video: HRRR Smoke Vertically Integrated Smoke product initialized at 12Z  (06am MDT)

Air Quality Update - Coeur d’Alene Reservation


Time / Date:

9:30 AM Sept 13, 2021


Kootenai and Benewah County on Coeur d’Alene Reservation





Cause of Air Pollution:

Wild fires in CA, WA, ID and Oregon with wind direction can increase air pollution levels in our area, these conditions can improve with wind direction in our favor through this week as new systems move in. Chance of rain this weekend.


AQI and AQI Category:

Current Conditions: AQI  =  18 Good range Everyone should be cautious of changes, Go to the links on the bottom of this page for more detailed information.


Air quality is expected to remain the same next couple of days. Wind direction could decrease smoke in our area, be aware of changing conditions to protect your health.                     



Pollutant (s):

Fine particulate from wild fires smoke

Restrictions in Effect Until:

None at this time


Next Update:

When conditions change


Les Higgins(208) 686-8101 or (208) 659 2275

What is the Air Quality Index?





Cautionary Statement








Sensitive* people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor exertion.




Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups


Everyone should limit exertion outdoors.






Everyone should limit exertion.


Very Unhealthy

Limit any exertion.



Stay indoors and avoid any exertion.

* Sensitive groups include children, the elderly, those with existing health conditions, and people who have high exposure (those who work, exercise, or spend extensive time out of doors).


For more detailed information about the AQI, visit:

For more information on Idaho’s Air Quality visit

For more information on CDA Tribal Smoke Management, visit

For more information on CDA Tribe Air Quality visit

For up-to-date air quality monitoring info, visit the Idaho Smoke Blog at

Stage II Fire Restrictions











Monday, September 13, 2021

EPA Lifts Ban on Open Burning for Fort Hall Reservation     

Seattle – (Monday, Sept. 13, 2021) -- Air quality has improved and in coordination with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lifted its ban on open burning for the reservation effective immediately.   

Restrictions on open burning, including those for fire danger, by the tribe or other federal agencies remain in place. Before burning always check with your local fire department or appropriate tribal agency.        

EPA thanks all reservation residents for their cooperation in protecting and maintaining good air quality.              

For current burn ban and air quality advisories on tribal lands, please call the EPA FARR Hotline at 1-800-424-4372, or visit  

Clear day with possibility for slight haze in the south

Air quality forecasts are in the Good to Moderate Category.

Conditions across the state have improved dramatically since Friday. There may be slight increases in haze across eastern and southeast Idaho as smoke aloft sits along the ID/NV/UT border. Any significant smoke impacts will be in the vicinity of active fires.

Video: HRRR Smoke Vertically Integrated Smoke initialized at 12Z (6am MDT) and valid 21Z (3pm MDT) shows relatively clear conditions throughout the atmosphere with smoke along the southern border of the state.

Air Quality Advisory Lifted for the Nez Perce Reservation