Idaho Smoke Map

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**(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. The map is not able to display the temporary monitors. Check the AIR QUALITY NOW tab below for links for these monitors.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Idaho DEQ Air Quality Forecast and Caution

DEQ is extending an
Air Quality Forecast & Caution

Date/Time Issued: Monday, September 22, 2014/10:00 a.m.

Next Update: Tuesday, September 23, 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 for the next few days.    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

All outdoor open burning is prohibited by the Department of Environmental Quality Rules for the Control of Air Pollution in Idaho (IDAPA


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

For more information about wildfire smoke, visit Idaho’s Smoke Blog at

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

Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups

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

Very Unhealthy

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

* 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.



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