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Current Wildfire Smoke Info

 

 

Daily Smoke Forecast

Note: DEQ has stopped issuing daily smoke forecasts due to reduced wildfire activity and improved air quality throughout the state. All areas in Idaho, outside the 5 Indian Reservation boundaries, have been in the Good air quality category for the past 2 days. Air quality is forecast to remain in the Good air quality category for at least the next couple of days. 

To find an air quality forecast for your area, visit the DEQ's Daily Air Quality Reports and Forecasts webpage.

DEQ will start issuing daily smoke forecasts again if wildfire activity increases.

Air Quality Conditions

Under Idaho’s Air Pollution Emergency Rule, DEQ may issue air quality alerts when pollutant levels reach levels that endanger public health. The alerts range from Stage 1 to 4, with each stage addressing a progressively more serious air quality event and triggering certain emergency actions.

Air Quality Monitors Map

Note: Idaho DEQ does not have jurisdiction within the five Indian Reservations in Idaho. For air quality information on the reservations, contact the individual Tribes.

Click on links below to access air quality conditions at locations throughout Idaho where monitors are located.

Real-Time Air Monitoring (DEQ Webpage)
Link to real-time data from DEQ's network of monitors throughout the state.

Interagency Real Time Smoke Monitoring (USDA and DOI website)
Link to near real-time data obtained from emergency monitors operated by Idaho DEQ for wildfire smoke impacts at Challis (#Idaho1004).

Western Regional Climate Center Link to real-time data obtained from emergency monitors operated by USFS for wildfire impacts at Lowman (Smoke #19), Atlanta (Smoke #13), and Challis (Smoke #21).

Visibility at Hailey, Friedman Memorial Airport (MesoWest Website)
Click on Visibility link.

Visual Smoke Observation

Because wildfire smoke is highly visible, it is possible to visually estimate smoke levels and estimate potential health impacts. Generally, the worse the visibility, the worse the smoke. Refer to the table below to estimate air quality based on visibility.

Visibility Range
(in miles)

Health Category

10+

Good

6-10

Moderate

3-6

Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups

1.5-3

Unhealthy

1-1.5

Very Unhealthy

Less than 1

Hazardous

How to estimate air quality based on visibility for areas without an air quality monitor or airport visibility estimate:

  1. Face away from the sun.
  2. Determine the limit of your visible range by looking for targets at known distances (miles).
  3. Visible range is that point at which even high contrast objects totally disappear.
  4. Use the values above to determine the local forest fire smoke category.

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 (Revised July 2008)
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
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website)
Information on health effects of smoke as well as other dangers associated with wildfires.

For general health questions regarding wildfire smoke, contact:
Jim Vannoy, MPH
Program Manager
Idaho Division of Public Health
Environmental Health Education and Assessment Program
(208) 334-4964

 


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Staff Contacts

Smoke Management Program Coordinator
Mary Anderson
DEQ State Office
Air Quality Division
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0202
mary.anderson@deq.idaho.gov

Airshed Manager
David Luft
DEQ Boise Regional Office
1445 N. Orchard St.
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0550
david.luft@deq.idaho.gov

Air Quality Manager
Mark Boyle
DEQ Coeur d'Alene Regional Office
2110 Ironwood Parkway
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
(208) 666-4607
mark.boyle@deq.idaho.gov

Remediation and Air Quality Manager
Rensay Owen
DEQ Idaho Falls Regional Office
900 N. Skyline Drive, Suite B
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 528-2650
rensay.owen@deq.idaho.gov

Air Quality Manager
Amber Rand
DEQ Lewiston Regional Office
1118 "F" St.
Lewiston, ID 83501
(208) 799-4370
amber.rand@deq.idaho.gov

Air Quality Manager
Thomas Edwards
DEQ Pocatello Regional Office
444 Hospital Way #300
Pocatello, ID 83201
(208) 236-6160
thomas.edwards@deq.idaho.gov

Remediation and Air Quality Manager
Bobby Dye
DEQ Twin Falls Regional Office
650 Addison Avenue West, Suite 110
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(208) 736-2190
bobby.dye@deq.idaho.gov

Related Pages

Particulate Matter

Wildland Fires

Air Pollution Emergencies