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.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Season coming to a close

Yesterday's AQI was in the GOOD category across the state and is expected to stay there today and tomorrow! There are no significant smoke impacts expected today aside from some light upper level smoke across southern and central Idaho that should be clearing with no impacts expected at the surface.

This will be our last smoke report for the season unless some major fires break out and start significantly impacting us. We’ve had a nice, mild season this year with no major smoke events! 

Keep an eye on the AQI monitors if you are a smoke sensitive individual; we’re not totally out of the woods yet. There are still a few wildfires burning in Idaho and in our neighboring states: Nethker, Cove Creek, Shady, and Smith Knob are all still burning in Central Idaho and producing some smoke though fire activity is minimal. Up in northern Idaho, Shale Creek and Barren Hill are still burning and producing some smoke but are in very remote areas. The 204 Cow Fire and Granite Gulch are just to our west in Oregon and are also producing some smoke that is drifting over us. You can keep an eye on these fires at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ . This will give you information such as size, location, and fire activity. The top of the smoke blog or the DEQ main monitoring page can keep you informed of air quality at the monitor nearest you.

These wildfire potential outlooks show Idaho and the Pacific Northwest at a “normal” level for significant wildland fires for September and October.




Tuesday, September 3, 2019

No significant smoke impacts expected

There are still some wildfires burning in Idaho but there are no significant smoke impacts expected. Upper level smoke will be present, however, it is expected to clear with no impacts expected at the surface.

                                                    Smoke plumes from fires burning in Oregon and Central Idaho are visible.

Data source: GOES-16 Visible Imagery valid at 1600 MDT 02 September 2019.  

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Fires still burning but no significant impacts expected

Yesterday's 24 hr AQI data indicated air quality in the GOOD category across most of Idaho with parts of the Treasure Valley reaching the MODERATE category. Idaho is forecast to be in the GOOD category today and tomorrow.

There are no significant smoke impacts expected today however the fires burning in southern and central Idaho will contribute to upper level smoke. There should be ample clearing with no impacts expected at the surface.

smoke plume is evident in eastern Oregon approaching Idaho. 

GIF Source: GOES-16 Visible Imagery valid at 1400 MDT 28 August 2019.  

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Another day with no significant impacts

We're about to close out August with some more GOOD air quality across the state. Idaho is expected to stay in the GOOD category today and tomorrow. There are no significant smoke impacts expected though there will be upper level smoke present across southern and central Idaho due to fires in the Central Idaho Mountains and Oregon. There should be ample clearing with no impacts expected at the surface.

Smoke plumes are evident in the Central Idaho Mountains and Oregon approaching Idaho.
GIF Source: GOES-16 Visible Imagery valid at 1500 MDT 27 August 2019

Monday, August 26, 2019

Some smoke, a bit of haze

Idaho is still in the GOOD air quality category and forecast to stay that way today and tomorrow. There are no significant smoke impacts expected today; however, some upper level smoke will be present across southern Idaho. In the GIF below you can see the four smoke plumes in Central Idaho, Eastern Idaho and Oregon contributing to that upper level smoke. Conditions through Wednesday are expected to degrade a bit more each day with afternoon clearing. Hazy conditions are possible Tuesday and Wednesday across southwest Idaho.

GIF Source: GOES-16 Visible Imagery valid at 1500 MDT 25 August 2019.  

Friday, August 23, 2019

Windy weekend will limit smoke

Look at that! No significant smoke impacts are expected today or over the weekend. Strong surface winds Saturday and Sunday will limit any accumulation of surface smoke. That's not something you hear often in August around here. At least not for the last couple of years.

Yesterday's 24 hr AQI data indicated GOOD air quality across Idaho and is forecast to stay in the GOOD category today and tomorrow.

NOAA NRRR-SMOKE Vertically Integrated Smoke forecast valid at 0500 MDT 23 August 2019

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Intermittent Lofted Smoke Clearing Early

Yesterday's 24 hr AQI data put Idaho in the GOOD category and is expected to stay that way today and tomorrow.

There are no significant smoke impacts from wildfire expected today though there could be intermittent periods of lofted smoke in the morning across southern Idaho today along the OR/ID border but it is expected to clear this afternoon and is not expected to reach the surface. Some models are showing moderate smoke coming from the Granite Gulch fire in Oregon but so far, this hasn't been observed to occur.


Data source: NOAA HRRR-Smoke vertically integrated smoke forecast valid at 0500 AM MDT August 21, 2019.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Clear again

AQI data put Idaho in the GOOD category yesterday and is expected to continue today and tomorrow. There a no significant smoke impacts from wildfires expected either. There may be some light lofted smoke near the OR/ID border but it is expected to clear this afternoon and not reach the surface.

GIF Source: NOAA HRRR-Smoke Vertically Integrated Smoke Forecast valid at 0500 AM MDT August 20, 2019

Monday, August 19, 2019

No significant smoke impacts expected today!


Data source: NOAA HRRR-Smoke vertically integrated smoke forecast valid at 0500 AM MDT August 19, 2019.


Air quality across the state has been in the GOOD category and is expected to stay there today and tomorrow. No significant smoke impacts are expected today though there may be some periods of lofted smoke in the morning across southern Idaho today but is expected to clear by this afternoon.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Still clear!

An elevated smoke plume from a central Nevada fire is visible over the Idaho-Utah border as it makes its way rapidly eastward.

Source: GOES-West GeoColor imagery from 8:56 AM MDT August 14, 2019.

Air quality is in the GOOD category all around and is forecast to stay that way today and tomorrow. No significant smoke impacts expected today.