Current Wildfire Smoke Info
Updated September 18, 2020, at 10 a.m. MDT. Valid through September 19, 2020, at 12 p.m. MDT.
Yesterday’s 24hr AQI data indicated moderate to unhealthy air quality across the state. North and Southwest Idaho were generally in the unhealthy for sensitive groups to unhealthy categories while south-central and southeast Idaho were in the moderate category.
Air quality monitors are currently showing readings in the good to unhealthy categories. Air quality across the state is currently forecast to be in the moderate to unhealthy range.
Smoke is once again impacting most of Idaho this morning though much of South and Central Idaho are currently seeing some clearing as increasing southerly flow ahead of the trough is pushing the smoke north. This will be a brief break as more smoke is anticipated to arrive from California by this afternoon.
DEQ Air Quality Reports and Forecasts
Check regional reports and forecasts for information for your area here.
See a county open burning map for information for your area here.
For air quality forecasts and wildfire activity for your area, visit the following websites:
- Daily Air Quality Reports and Forecasts webpage
- Real-Time Smoke Monitoring
- DEQ Near-Real Time Monitoring
- Inciweb - Information on current wildfire activity
Please be aware of and utilize the Smoke Complaint Hotline at 1-800-345-1007.
Smoke forecasts are dependent on predicted fire growth and weather. If conditions change unexpectedly, impacts could occur.
Health Impacts and Recommendations
- Air Quality Guide for Pollution from Wildfire Smoke - A table identifying potential health effects and recommendations for appropriate exertion levels.
- Recommendations for Schools and Others Responsible for Children during a Wildfire Smoke Event - A table identifying potential health effects and recommendations for childrens' exertion levels.
- Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials - A guide intended to help local public health officials adequately communicate health risks and precautions to the public when smoke is present.
- Emergency Preparedness and Response: Wildfires - Information on health effects of smoke as well as other dangers associated with wildfires.
- Frequently Asked Questions and Resources for air resource advisors and other environmental health professionals
For general health questions regarding wildfire smoke, contact:
Nicole Rogers, CHES
Section Manager Risk Reduction & Prevention
Division of Public Health Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
Desk: (208) 332-7319
Visual Smoke Observation
When visibility starts to go below five miles, sensitive groups should stay inside or in a location with good air quality. Everyone else should minimize or avoid prolonged or physical activity outdoors. Refer to the Smoke and Health Tab on the Idaho Smoke Information Blog for additional health information.
Your eyes are your best tools to determine if it’s safe to be outside. Even if you smell smoke, the air quality may still be good.