DEQ is issuing an
Air Quality Forecast & Caution
Date/Time Issued: Monday, September 15, 2014/12:00 p.m. Next Update: Tuesday, September 16, 2014/10:00 a.m.
Due to smoke from regional wildfire activity, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued an Air Quality Forecast and Caution to notify residents of the following areas (off the Nez Perce Tribal Reservation) in Latah, Nez Perce, Idaho, Lewis, and Clearwater Counties of degraded air quality. Air quality is currently in the MODERATE category and is forecast to remain in the Moderate to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups category over the next few days. Conditions could become elevated to Unhealthly category at times depending on fire activity. The pollutant of concern is Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5).
Health Impacts and Recommended Actions
When air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups, sensitive persons* may experience health effects and should limit prolonged or heavy exertion and limit time spent outdoors. The
general public is unlikely to be affected.
Outdoor Burning Restrictions
For more information, contact DEQ’s Regional Office in Lewiston at (208) 799-4370.
For real-time air monitoring information, visit DEQ’s website at airquality.deq.idaho.gov.
For more information about wildfire smoke, visit Idaho’s Smoke Blog at idsmoke.blogspot.com.
Air Quality Index (AQI):
0 to 50
Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk
51 to 100
Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
101 to 150
Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.
151 to 200
Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.
201 to 300
Health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.
301 to 500
Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health effects.
For more information on the AQI, read EPA’s AQI brochure at http://www.epa.gov/airnow/aqi_brochure_02_14.pdf.
* Sensitive groups for particulate matter include those with heart and lung disease, older adults, and children. Sensitive groups for ozone include those with lung disease, older adults, and children.