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

Monday, July 6, 2015

07/06/2015 Idaho DEQ Smoke Forecast

Updated 1030am MDT Monday, July 6, 2015

Valid through Noon MDT Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Smoke Outlook

Air quality is forecast to remain in the Good to Moderate air quality category across the state, although short term readings will be higher in the Clearwater drainages and across the Idaho Panhandle from Benewah County north.  Currently there are no Air Quality Alerts issued by DEQ.

Northern Idaho is under a zonal (west-east) flow pattern aloft and will remain that way through tomorrow as an upper level trough and associated surface cold front arrive early Wednesday.  At the surface, diurnal wind patterns are currently driving local winds with a generally east-northeast wind at 5-10 mph.  This afternoon, these winds will wrap around to be from the north-northeast at 2-8 mph generally north of the Latah and Clearwater County lines.  South of this boundary, winds will become northwest at 5-10 mph.  This pattern will bring any surface smoke from eastern Washington back into Idaho this afternoon and evening. Southern Idaho is under a convergence zone aloft as an upper level low off the California Coast stalls and funnels monsoon moisture into the Snake River Plain  Scattered, wet thunderstorms will develop across much of the Snake River Plain this afternoon across the southern section and into the Southern and Southeast Highlands.  Surface winds will be from the northwest across the Lower Snake and from the west across the Middle and Upper Snake at 8-12 mph today.  Near thunderstorms, expect wind gusts up to 30 mph with erratic wind directions.


Moderate smoke impacts are occurring across the Idaho Panhandle and through the Hells Canyon and Clearwater drainages.  This will continue in the afternoon and evening today as this smoke will track to the west this morning before turning to the east once more.  Light impacts will also occur in the Lower Snake and western Magic Valleys as smoke from fires burning in the Salmon River Mountains settles in overnight tonight.

View DEQ near-real time monitoring at:  http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/

Smoke forecasts are dependent on predicted fire growth and weather.  If conditions change unexpectedly, impacts could occur.  When visibility starts to go below 5 miles, sensitive groups should minimize outdoor activities.  Everyone else should minimize 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. 

AQI Category
Visibility (miles)
Good
11+
Moderate
6-10
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
3-5
Unhealthy
1½  -2¾
Very Unhealthy
1-1¼ 
Hazardous
Less than 1


Thursday, July 2, 2015

07/02/15 Idaho DEQ Smoke Forecast

Updated 1400 MDT Thursday, July 2, 2015

Valid through Noon MDT Monday, July 6, 2015

Smoke Outlook

Air quality is forecast to remain in the Good to Moderate air quality category through the weekend.

Aloft, Idaho is currently under an upper level ridge pattern which will continue into this weekend.  This will continue to promote warm temperatures and light surface winds.  By Saturday, the ridge will flatten as an upper level low pressure system approaches the southern California coast.  This will allow monsoon moisture to enter our air sheds.  We will see slightly cooler temperatures (but still above normal), with winds at the surface from 5-15mph and a chance for afternoon thunderstorms over the higher elevation regions.  The increased moisture content of the atmosphere over this time may also provide for a few more clouds in the sky.

Light haze and associated impacts can be expected across most of the state of Idaho ranging from the Clearwater Basin and north into the Idaho Panhandle through Monday.  Furthermore, night time drainage smoke from that region may also impact the Treasure Valley Friday morning, while once the weekend hits, this smoke will drain into the Upper Snake on Saturday morning.  Regional smoke impacts will also be evident as fires continue to burn in Central Washington, central Oregon, and southern California.

Wildfire forecast will remain valid through above date unless conditions become unrepresentative.

Please be aware of and utilize the Smoke Complaint Hotline at 1-800-345-1007.
To find an air quality forecast for your area, visit the DEQ's Daily Air Quality Reports and Forecasts webpage.


View DEQ near-real time monitoring at: http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/

To find information on wildfire activity, visit Inciweb

Smoke forecasts are dependent on predicted fire growth and weather.  If conditions change unexpectedly, impacts could occur.  When visibility starts to go below 5 miles, sensitive groups should minimize outdoor activities.  Everyone else should minimize 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. 

AQI Category
Visibility (miles)
Good
11+
Moderate
6-10
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
3-5
Unhealthy
1½  -2¾
Very Unhealthy
1-1¼ 
Hazardous
Less than 1

Monday, June 29, 2015

06/29/2015 Idaho DEQ Smoke Forecast

Updated 1300 MDT Monday, June 29, 2015

Valid through Noon MDT Thursday, July 2, 2015

Smoke Outlook

DEQ has started issuing smoke forecasts due to increased wildfire activity and degraded air quality throughout the state. Air quality is forecast to remain in the Good to Moderate air quality category for at least the next couple of days.

Over the past few days there have been several wildfires with relatively local smoke impacts across the state.  Light haze and associated impacts can be expected across most of the state of Idaho ranging from the Clearwater Basin and north into the Idaho Panhandle.  Furthermore, night time drainage smoke from that region may also impact the Treasure Valley Tuesday morning.  Regional smoke impacts will also be evident as fires continue to burn south of Kennewick and Walla Walla in Washington as well as central Oregon and southern California.

The fire potential is expected to remain elevated over southwest Idaho and the west-central Mountains.  Dry conditions can lead to fire and fire-related accidents.  Please exercise safety and precautions around fire.

Know before you burn-understand the Federal, state, tribal, and local open burning requirements and restriction that apply.  Burn bans are currently in effect in many areas and may include firework prohibitions.

Wildfire forecast will remain valid through above date unless conditions become unrepresentative.

Please be aware of and utilize the Smoke Complaint Hotline at 1-800-345-1007.
To find an air quality forecast for your area, visit the DEQ's Daily Air Quality Reports and Forecasts webpage.


View DEQ near-real time monitoring at: http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/

To find information on wildfire activity, visit Inciweb

DEQ will start issuing daily smoke forecasts again if wildfire activity increases.Smoke forecasts are dependent on predicted fire growth and weather.  If conditions change unexpectedly, impacts could occur.  When visibility starts to go below 5 miles, sensitive groups should minimize outdoor activities.  Everyone else should minimize prolonged or physical activity outdoors.  
Refer to the Smoke and Health Tab on the Idaho Smoke Information Blog for additional health information. 

Smoke forecasts are dependent on predicted fire growth and weather.  If conditions change unexpectedly, impacts could occur.  When visibility starts to go below 5 miles, sensitive groups should minimize outdoor activities.  Everyone else should minimize 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. 

AQI Category
Visibility (miles)
Good
11+
Moderate
6-10
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
3-5
Unhealthy
1½  -2¾
Very Unhealthy
1-1¼ 
Hazardous
Less than 1

Friday, October 17, 2014

10/17/14 Daily Idaho DEQ Smoke Forecasts Ending - will return if needed

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 few weeks. 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.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

10/01/14 Idaho DEQ Smoke Forecast

DEQ has stopped issuing daily smoke forecasts due to reduced wildfire activity and improved air quality throughout the state. 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 has installed a monitor in Rigginshttp://app.airsis.com/USFS/fleet.aspx
DEQ has installed a monitor in Lowell. http://app.airsis.com/USFS/fleet.aspx
o    Riggins monitor is #1001
o    Lowell monitor is #1002

View DEQ near-real time monitoring at: http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/

To find information on wildfire activity, visit Inciweb

DEQ will start issuing daily smoke forecasts again if wildfire activity increases.Smoke forecasts are dependent on predicted fire growth and weather.  If conditions change unexpectedly, impacts could occur.  When visibility starts to go below 5 miles, sensitive groups should minimize outdoor activities.  Everyone else should minimize prolonged or physical activity outdoors.  
Refer to the Smoke and Health Tab on the Idaho Smoke Information Blog for additional health information. 

Smoke forecasts are dependent on predicted fire growth and weather.  If conditions change unexpectedly, impacts could occur.  When visibility starts to go below 5 miles, sensitive groups should minimize outdoor activities.  Everyone else should minimize 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. 

AQI Category
Visibility (miles)
Good
11+
Moderate
6-10
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
3-5
Unhealthy
1½  -2¾
Very Unhealthy
1-1¼ 
Hazardous
Less than 1

Friday, September 26, 2014

09/26/2014 Idaho DEQ Smoke Forecast

Updated 1000am MDT Friday, September 26, 2014

Valid through Noon MDT Monday, September 29, 2014

Smoke Outlook

The areas of concern today will be focused on the Clearwater Drainage where heavy smoke was visible within the drainages on yesterday’s visible satellite imagery.  Smoke impacts were relatively local yesterday as all of DEQ’s monitors were in the Good category for the 24hr AQI except for McCall, which was in the Moderate category, and the temporary monitor in Lowell, which was in the Very Unhealthy category.

Latest satellite imagery clearly shows the upper level trough beginning to dive south and is splitting from the upper level low pressure system currently located off the coast of the Queen Charlotte Islands.  There is a chance for morning showers across the central and southwest parts of southern Idaho early this morning with a dry period before showers return late this evening. Skies are expected to be partly cloudy all day as isolated to scattered showers develop this morning before clearing some, then showers again late in the afternoon.  Surface wind speeds will be between 5-15 mph with northwest flow in the Southwest and Middle Snake River Plain with southwest flow across the rest of Southern Idaho.  Transport wind speed is forecast to be in the range of 10-15 mph.  Transport wind direction is forecast to be south-southwest.  This weekend looks to have persistent showery weather across all of Idaho from I-90 south to the NV/UT border on both Saturday and Sunday.  Northerly winds dominate the surface landscape on Saturday while easterly winds develop on Sunday over the Clearwater Basin with speeds ranging from 5-10 mph.  This weather is favorable for limiting fire activity and smoke development; however, it also promotes low-hanging smoke in low elevation regions and drainages.  This pattern persists into Monday as one upper level low pressure systems tracks east; another system will approach the Washington Coast, near Vancouver Island.

Smoke impacts today will be focused on the Central Idaho Mountains with smoke forecast to cover Idaho north of a line running from McCall to Salmon all the way to Sandpoint.  Light surface winds and an upper level split flow pattern will promote limited dispersion as well as limited transport.  Fires in California received some precipitation last night which should help to limit smoke production.  By Saturday, the limited movement of the atmosphere will continue promote stagnant conditions with limited dispersion coupled with a northerly wind shift, residual smoke is forecast to entrain to the south.  Smoke is forecast to cover a region ranging from the Treasure Valley north to Sandpoint.  On Sunday, coupled with the easterly wind shift, impacts are forecast to stay north of the Salmon River to the Idaho Canada border.  There is a chance for light impacts draining that evening into the Treasure Valley and east to Mountain Home.

DEQ has installed a monitor in Riggins. http://app.airsis.com/USFS/fleet.aspx
DEQ has installed a monitor in Lowell. http://app.airsis.com/USFS/fleet.aspx
o    Riggins monitor is #1001
o    Lowell monitor is #1002
View DEQ near-real time monitoring at: http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/

Smoke forecasts are dependent on predicted fire growth and weather.  If conditions change unexpectedly, impacts could occur.  When visibility starts to go below 5 miles, sensitive groups should minimize outdoor activities.  Everyone else should minimize 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. 

AQI Category
Visibility (miles)
Good
11+
Moderate
6-10
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
3-5
Unhealthy
1½  -2¾
Very Unhealthy
1-1¼ 
Hazardous
Less than 1




Thursday, September 25, 2014

09/25/2014 Idaho DEQ Smoke Forecast

Updated 1000am MDT Thursday, September 25, 2014

Valid through Noon MDT Friday, September 26, 2014

Smoke Outlook

The areas of concern today will be focused on the Clearwater Drainage as well as the Lower Snake River Plain late this afternoon.  It should be noted that widespread haze and light smoke aloft is forecast across all of western Idaho and north to the Canadian border.  Smoke impacts were relatively local yesterday as all of DEQ’s monitors were in the Good category for the 24hr AQI except for Potlatch, Cottonwood, and Boise.  The temporary monitor in Riggins was also in the Good category while the temporary monitor in Lowell was in the Very Unhealthy category.

The upper level ridge pattern will be oriented from southwest to northeast along a line running from New Mexico through Nebraska and into South Dakota while an upper level low pressure system resides over British Columbia with an elongated trough running down the coast to California.  This will continue to bring dry conditions with warm southwest flow over southern Idaho; however a cold front will begin to enter northern Idaho this morning/afternoon and southern Idaho late this afternoon-around 5 or 6pm.  It is not out of the question to see isolated showers across northern Idaho this afternoon; however most of the organized precipitation looks to occur later this evening.  Skies are expected to be mostly sunny all day with mostly cloudy skies from Lewiston east to Kamiah and north to the Canadian border.  Surface wind speeds will be between 8-12 mph with south-southwest flow in the Southwest SMA outside of the Treasure Valley while wind speeds are much stronger across the rest of southern Idaho with sustained speeds from 10-25 mph and gusts to 30 mph with spots along the Lost River Range reaching 35-40 mph.  Mixing heights are forecast to be between 3,000-8,000 feet AGL.  Transport wind speed is forecast to be in the range of 10-30 mph.  Transport wind direction is forecast to be south-southwest.  Northern Idaho is forecast to have a slightly more zonal component today with speeds from 8-12 mph this afternoon. 

Smoke impacts today will be focused on late afternoon transport of the King Fire in California into southwest Idaho.  Widespread light smoke looks to cover Idaho ranging west of a line running from Mountain Home to Missoula and into Canada.  Finally, smoke within the Clearwater drainage is forecast to linger today before pushing to the northeast late this afternoon/evening.

 DEQ has installed a monitor in Riggins. http://app.airsis.com/USFS/fleet.aspx
 DEQ has installed a monitor in Lowell. http://app.airsis.com/USFS/fleet.aspx
o    Riggins monitor is #1001
o    Lowell monitor is #1002


View DEQ near-real time monitoring at: http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/

Smoke forecasts are dependent on predicted fire growth and weather.  If conditions change unexpectedly, impacts could occur.  When visibility starts to go below 5 miles, sensitive groups should minimize outdoor activities.  Everyone else should minimize 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. 

AQI Category
Visibility (miles)
Good
11+
Moderate
6-10
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
3-5
Unhealthy
1½  -2¾
Very Unhealthy
1-1¼ 
Hazardous
Less than 1