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.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

More of the same today - heavier impacts to the north

Air quality forecasts today are in the good to unhealthy categories.  

Morning satellite imagery shows smoke-filled valleys across North and Central Idaho with more smoke incoming from the west. Smoke from California, Oregon, and Washington will funnel into North Idaho throughout the day. Some slight improvement is possible in these areas this afternoon as smoke lifts with daytime heating and steady winds but overall expect smoky conditions to remain. A general haze is present across the state as the humidity remains high following the monsoonal moisture from the weekend. South Idaho should avoid any significant impacts through the period as the regional smoke wraps around the ridge to the north and then east through North Idaho into Montana.

Video: HRRR Smoke model showing vertically integrated smoke from 12Z (6am MDT) on 8/3/21 to 16Z (10am MDT) on 8/4/21. Smoke is seen being transported mostly to the north and then east across North and Central Idaho while sparing South Idaho.

Monday, August 2, 2021

High smoke concentrations in north Idaho

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

Surface smoke will mix with high humidities today, creating poor visibility across all of the state.  High smoke concentrations are expected to remain over northern Idaho, with impacts from the Canadian border increasing south into the Central Idaho Mountains by this afternoon.  Smoke continues to filter south today and tomorrow into the Snake River Plain.  This will likely cause an increase in monitor readings as precipitation ceases and hot weather develops. 

 


Video: 12Z HRRR-Smoke Near Surface Smoke model valid 00Z  indicates ample smoke across northern Idaho with lower values over southern Idaho.

Air Quality Advisory and Burn Ban for Coeur d'Alene Reservation

 

Air Quality Advisory

And Burn Ban

Coeur d’Alene Reservation  

 

Time / Date:

8:30 AM Aug 2, 2021

Location:

Kootenai and Benewah County on Coeur d’Alene Reservation

Action:

 

Burn Ban Stage II Notice in Effect see below to CONTACT YOUR LOCAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT OR THIS OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 

Cause of Air Pollution:

Wild fires in BC, WA, ID and Oregon with wind direction can increase air pollution levels in our area, these conditions could continue through this week.

 

AQI and AQI Category:

Current Conditions: AQI  = 156 in the Unhealthy range A Red Flag Warning has been issued by the National Weather service due to low humidity and dry conditions, sensitive* and everyone should be cautious and stay indoors. Avoid any outdoor activities until conditions improve. Go to the links on the bottom of this page for more detailed information.

 

Air quality is expected to remain the same for the next three days. Wind direction could increase /decrease smoke in our area, be aware of changing conditions to protect your health. Thursday a possible new weather front moving into our area with rain that could improve air quality conditions.                     

 

 

Pollutant (s):

Fine particulate from wild fires smoke

Restrictions in Effect Until:

No open fires due to Stage II Restrictions until further notice

 

Next Update:

The Advisory will be reassessed as conditions change. 

Contact:

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

What is the Air Quality Index?

 

 

AQI

Category

Cautionary Statement

 

0-50

Good

None

51-100

Moderate

 

Sensitive* people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor exertion.

 

101-150

 

Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups

 

Everyone should limit exertion outdoors.

 

151-200

 

Unhealthy

 

Everyone should limit exertion.

201-300

Very Unhealthy

Limit any exertion.

301-500

Hazardous

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:

https://www.airnow.gov/

For more information on Idaho’s Air Quality visit

http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/

For more information on CDA Tribal Smoke Management, visit

https://www.cdatribe-nsn.gov/nr/smoke-management/

For more information on CDA Tribe Air Quality visit

https://www.cdatribe-nsn.gov/nr/air-quality/

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

http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html

Stage II Fire Restrictions

https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:e92fc11c-e661-4fad-8462-91bd8a356f17

 

 

 

 

Friday, July 30, 2021

North and central Idaho residents could be experiencing health impacts from smoke

 




South Idaho sees a break, North Idaho still impacted

Air quality forecasts today are in the Good to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups category. 

Smoke impacts will be focused in central and north Idaho today and through the weekend. An active weather pattern over south Idaho should provide plenty of precipitation and  higher winds ventilate and scour the air. Easterly winds will transport smoke from central Idaho into the Snake River Plain before any storm activity today. High pressure and cyclonic flow will transport smoke around north Idaho. 

The highest concentrations should be in the Panhandle shifting east to the Montana-Idaho border south through Shoshone, Clearwater, and Idaho Counties into Valley County this evening. This smoke will drain into the Lewis-Clark Valley and across the Weippe and Camas Prairies tonight into tomorrow morning with substantial concentrations expected along the Idaho-Washington border from the Canada to Lewiston. 

This smoke will continue to shift east tomorrow with locally high concentrations near fires in Montana and east-central Idaho. On Sunday, smoke will impact all areas north of Idaho County. Monday is likely to have similar impacts and weather with increasing smoke in southwestern Idaho as southwest flow begins to develop.


HRRR-Smoke: Near surface smoke forecast initialized 12Z (6am MDT) and valid 07/31/21 at 03am MDT shows ample smoke at the surface across north Idaho will clear conditions over southern Idaho.


Air Quality Advisory and Burn Ban for Coeur d'Alene Reservation

 

Air Quality Advisory

And Burn Ban

Coeur d’Alene Reservation  

 

Time / Date:

10:30 AM July 30, 2021

Location:

Kootenai and Benewah County on Coeur d’Alene Reservation

Action:

 

Burn Ban Stage II Notice in Effect see below to CONTACT YOUR LOCAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT OR THIS OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 

Cause of Air Pollution:

Wild fires in BC, WA, ID and Oregon with wind direction can increase air pollution levels in our area, these conditions could continue through today and into the weekend.

 

AQI and AQI Category:

Current Conditions: AQI  = 184 in the Unhealthy range A Red Flag Warning has been issued by the National Weather service due to low humidity and dry conditions, sensitive* people should be cautious and stay indoors. Avoid any outdoor activities until conditions improve. Go to the links on the bottom of this page for more detailed information.

 

Air quality is expected to remain the same for most of the day. Wind direction could increase smoke in our area, be aware of changing conditions to protect your health this week.                     

 

 

Pollutant (s):

Fine particulate from wild fires smoke

Restrictions in Effect Until:

No open fires due to Stage II Restrictions until further notice

 

Next Update:

The Advisory will be reassessed as conditions change. 

Contact:

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

What is the Air Quality Index?

 

 

AQI

Category

Cautionary Statement

 

0-50

Good

None

51-100

Moderate

 

Sensitive* people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor exertion.

 

101-150

 

Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups

 

Everyone should limit exertion outdoors.

 

151-200

 

Unhealthy

 

Everyone should limit exertion.

201-300

Very Unhealthy

Limit any exertion.

301-500

Hazardous

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:

https://www.airnow.gov/

For more information on Idaho’s Air Quality visit

http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/

For more information on CDA Tribal Smoke Management, visit

https://www.cdatribe-nsn.gov/nr/smoke-management/

For more information on CDA Tribe Air Quality visit

https://www.cdatribe-nsn.gov/nr/air-quality/

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

http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html

Stage II Fire Restrictions

https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:e92fc11c-e661-4fad-8462-91bd8a356f17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Thursday, July 29, 2021

People may be experiencing health effects from smoke


 

Smoke spinning over Idaho

Air quality forecasts today are in the Good to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups category.

Smoke impacts are highest over the Camas and Weippe Prairies in Central Idaho and in the Bitterroots and south to Salmon. Smoke will spin clockwise over Idaho and the Pacific Northwest bringing smoke from California into Oregon and then Idaho late tonight. Smoke that is currently over Central Idaho will track south down the Birch and Lemhi, Big and Little Lost, and finally, the Pahsimeroi drainages tonight with increasing surface concentrations by 9 p.m. This smoke will filter into the Upper Snake River Plain by tomorrow morning and lift in the early afternoon. Areas near local sources will continue to see periods of high concentrations and hazy skies throughout the day.


Bluesky surface smoke modeled 00Z (6pm 07/28) and valid 2am 07/30 shows plenty of smoke in the east-central river drainages into the Upper Snake River Plain.

Burning restrictions in Central Idaho