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.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Idaho DEQ Air Quality Forecast and Caution

DEQ air quality advisories remain in effect over this weekend for the following counties of Idaho outside of reservation boundaries:

·         Boundary
·         Bonner
·         Kootenai
·         Benewah
·         Shoshone
·         Latah
·         Clearwater
·         Nez Perce
·         Lewis
·         Idaho
·         Lemhi
·         Custer

All open burning is prohibited under these regional air quality advisories, including campfires, recreational fires, weed control burning, and residential burning.  Please see the following for additional information:
http://www.deq.idaho.gov/air-quality/monitoring/daily-reports-and-forecasts/

Closures in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest

For information on forest closure orders this weekend due to wildfire activity in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest (Priest Lake, Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint, Coeur d'Alene,  and St. Joe Ranger Districts), please refer to the following website:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/ipnf/learning/safety-ethics/?cid=stelprd3850265

08/28/2015 Idaho DEQ Smoke Forecast

Updated Noon MDT Friday, August 28, 2015

Valid through: Noon MDT Monday, August 31, 2015

Smoke Outlook

Air quality is currently ranging from Good to Moderate in southern Idaho and Moderate to Hazardous across northern Idaho with higher impacts across the Clearwater Basin Drainage, the northern Panhandle, and the Salmon-Challis area.  Air quality is forecast to remain in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups to Unhealthy category for the 24hr standard across central and northern Idaho today and into this weekend.  Impacts are from regional fires burning in Washington State, California, Oregon, and a multitude of local fires in the Clearwater drainage, the northern Panhandle, and Central Idaho Mountains.

Nez Perce Reservation:  24-hour monitor readings range from Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups to Hazardous.  Hourly readings are fluctuating from Moderate to Hazardous, depending on location and wind direction.  The Nez Perce Tribe will continue their Air Quality Advisory.  Please contact the Nez Perce Tribe for more information: airquality@nezperce.org.
For the remainder of Friday, expect partly cloudy skies and stronger winds than experienced earlier in the week.  There may be an isolated thunderstorm develop over elevated regions across the state this afternoon.  On Saturday, a strong, dry, cold front will move into Idaho and bring gusty winds but no major precipitation.  This will signal the beginning of a pattern change as an active weather pattern begins to establish with several minor lobes of energy entering the area this weekend and into next week (likely Wednesday).  Precipitation and storms are likely across the northern Panhandle on Saturday with scattered storms possible across central Idaho, while southern Idaho has only a slight chance for afternoon storm development this weekend.  This frontal passage is expected sometime tomorrow from morning to evening in the northern and southern parts of the state, respectively.  The high winds serve to bring smoke into the region as well as dust to northern Idaho as it is unlikely to receive enough precipitation to limit lofting.
 
The strongest smoke impacts are occurring across the Clearwater drainages, Central Idaho Mountains, and the northern Panhandle.  This will continue tonight and become even stronger on Saturday as high winds provide an increase to fire activity across the Columbia Plateau and into central and northern Idaho.  Expect to experience impacts from the Canada border south to the Salmon River corridor with some drainage impacts into the McCall and Garden Valley areas tonight.  The highest impacts are expected to be within the drainages of the Clearwater, Salmon, Lochsa, down into the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.  The northern tier of the Purcell Trench will also continue to experience high impacts throughout the entire weekend.  In southern Idaho, impacts will be greatest within the drainages around McCall and Garden Valley and generally north of a line running from Weiser to Salmon.  Conditions have generally improved across southern Idaho with values in the Good and Moderate range across all monitors except for McCall and Salmon, which are reading Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups and Hazardous, respectively.  Nighttime drainage smoke will continue to provide impacts in regions near and downwind of the fires.  Impacts in the central Idaho region will continue to be quite strong as winds will serve to increase fire activity on Saturday.  As a result of increased fire activity, strong impacts are also expected to occur within the Purcell Trench across the Rathdrum Prairie and north into Canada with more clearing over the open expanses.

DEQ Air Quality Advisories:

Idaho DEQ has issued an Air Quality Advisory:
·         Coeur d’Alene Regional Office for Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Shoshone, and Benewah Counties through August 31st  at 12:00noon when it will be extended or lifted.
·         Lewiston Regional Office for  Latah, Nez Perce, Lewis, Clearwater, Idaho Counties, river corridors and surrounding areas (off the Nez Perce Reservation) through August 31st at 10:00am when it will be extended or lifted.

·         Idaho Falls Regional Office for Lemhi and Custer Counties until August 28th at 3:00pm when it will be extended or lifted.

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

The USFS installed monitors in Riggins, ID, Halfway, OR, and Newport, WA.  The information can be found at http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/smoke.pl
·         Riggins, ID monitor is Smoke USFS R1-306
·         Halfway, OR monitor is Smoke #68
·         Newport, WA monitor is Smoke E-BAM 925
·         Users should be aware that the Forest Service site reports the data in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).  To convert from UTC to Mountain Daylight Time, subtract 6 hours.

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.  Visit the Idaho Smoke Blog for more information at http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/


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

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

a. Face away from the sun.
b. Determine the limit of your visible range by looking for targets at known distances (miles).
c. Visible range is when an object you can easily see in the distance disappears.
d. Use the visibility values above to determine the local wildfire smoke category.
Friday, August 28, 2015

Air Quality Advisory Remains in Effect on the Nez Perce Reservation

Description of Air Quality Event:
Due to wildfire smoke from local and regional wildfires, the Air Quality Advisory issued for the Nez Perce Reservation remains in effect. Wildfire smoke will continue to move in and out of the area during the day and overnight.

Affected Areas:        
All areas on the Nez Perce Reservation.

Air Quality Index (AQI) Category:
Both 24-hour and 1-hour monitor readings can be expected to range from the “Moderate” to “Hazardous” category Friday through the weekend.  Local air quality will improve and worsen as smoke moves in and out of communities. Some areas may be more impacted than others, so please take appropriate precautions.  For AQI health-related information, visit Community Guide to Staying Healthy During Wildfire Smoke Events.

Restrictions:  
No EPA/NPT burn permits will be approved.

Next Update:
These restrictions are in effect through 10:00am Monday, August 31st, 2015.

Nez Perce Tribe ERWM Air Quality Program
208-843-9381 | 1-800-720-4089
airquality@nezperce.org | www.nezperce.org/AirQuality/

Thursday, August 27, 2015

08/26/2015 Idaho DEQ Smoke Forecast

Updated Noon MDT Thursday, August 27, 2015

Valid through: Noon MDT Friday, August 28, 2015

Smoke Outlook

Air quality is currently ranging from Good to Hazardous across all of Idaho with higher impacts across the Clearwater Basin Drainage, the Treasure Valley, and the Salmon-Challis area.  Air quality is forecast to remain in the Moderate to Unhealthy category for the 24hr standard across central Idaho.  Impacts are from regional fires burning in Washington State, California, Oregon, and a multitude of local fires in the Clearwater drainage, the northern Panhandle, and Central Idaho Mountains.

Nez Perce Reservation:  24-hour monitor readings range from Unhealthy to Hazardous.  Hourly readings are fluctuating from Moderate to Hazardous, depending on location and wind direction.  The Nez Perce Tribe will continue their Air Quality Advisory.  Please contact the Nez Perce Tribe for more information: airquality@nezperce.org.

An upper level low pressure system located off the coast of Oregon and Washington is flattening the upper level ridge and allowing for some moisture to enter the area; however, the atmosphere is fairly stable which is limiting the convective potential today. No major weather changes are expected until the end of this week with increasingly unsettled weather with the chance for afternoon thunderstorms across the Bitterroot Range this afternoon.  On Saturday, a strong, dry, cold front will move into Idaho and bring gusty winds and no major precipitation.  This will signal the beginning of a pattern change as an active weather pattern begins to establish with several minor lobes of energy entering the area this weekend and into next week.
 
The strongest smoke impacts are occurring across the Clearwater drainages, Central Idaho Mountains as well as southwest Idaho.  This will continue into Saturday.  Expect to experience impacts from the Canada border south to the Salmon River corridor.  The highest impacts are expected to be within the drainages of the Clearwater, Salmon, Lochsa, down into the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.  In southern Idaho, impacts will be greatest within the drainages around McCall and Garden Valley and generally north of a line running from Weiser to Salmon.  Conditions have generally improved across southern Idaho with values in the Good and Moderate range across all monitors.  Nocturnal drainage flow will contribute to greater impacts in all of Idaho tonight, especially within the drainages into the Lewiston-Clarkston area and the Snake River Plain off the Central Idaho Mountains.  High level smoke is expected from California fires as the southwesterly flow pattern continues to drive the weather over Idaho.  Impacts in the central Idaho region will continue to be quite strong as temperatures and winds will serve to increase fire activity. 

DEQ Air Quality Advisories:

Idaho DEQ has issued an Air Quality Advisory:
·         Coeur d’Alene Regional Office for Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Shoshone, and Benewah Counties through August 28th at 12:00noon when it will be extended or lifted.
·         Lewiston Regional Office for  Latah, Nez Perce, Lewis, Clearwater, Idaho Counties, river corridors and surrounding areas (off the Nez Perce Reservation) through August 28th at 10:00am when it will be extended or lifted.

·         Idaho Falls Regional Office for Lemhi County until August 27th at 12:00 noon when it will be extended or lifted.


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

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

a. Face away from the sun.
b. Determine the limit of your visible range by looking for targets at known distances (miles).
c. Visible range is when an object you can easily see in the distance disappears.
d. Use the visibility values above to determine the local wildfire smoke category.
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Air Quality Advisory Remains in Effect on the Nez Perce Reservation

Description of Air Quality Event:
Due to wildfire smoke from local and regional wildfires, the Air Quality Advisory issued for the Nez Perce Reservation remains in effect. Wildfire smoke will continue to move in and out of the area during the day and overnight.

Affected Areas:        
All areas on the Nez Perce Reservation.

Air Quality Index (AQI) Category:
Both 24-hour and 1-hour monitor readings can be expected to range from the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” to “Hazardous” category.  Local air quality will improve and worsen as smoke moves in and out of communities. Some areas may be more impacted than others, so please take appropriate precautions.  For AQI health-related information, visit Community Guide to Staying Healthy During Wildfire Smoke Events.

Restrictions:  
No EPA/NPT burn permits will be approved.

Next Update:
Conditions will be reassessed tomorrow morning with an air quality update issued by 10:00am Friday, August 28th, 2015.

Nez Perce Tribe ERWM Air Quality Program
208-843-9381 | 1-800-720-4089
airquality@nezperce.org | www.nezperce.org/AirQuality/

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

08/26/2015 Idaho DEQ Smoke Forecast

Updated Noon MDT Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Valid through: Noon MDT Thursday, August 27, 2015

Smoke Outlook

Air quality is currently ranging from Good to Hazardous across all of Idaho with higher impacts across the Clearwater Basin Drainage, the Treasure Valley, and the Salmon-Challis area.  Air quality is forecast to remain in the Moderate to Unhealthy category for the 24hr standard across central Idaho.  Impacts are from regional fires burning in Washington State, California, Oregon, and a multitude of local fires in the Clearwater drainage, the northern Panhandle, and Central Idaho Mountains.

Nez Perce Reservation:  24-hour monitor readings range from Unhealthy to Hazardous.  Hourly readings are fluctuating from Moderate to Hazardous, depending on location and wind direction.  The Nez Perce Tribe will continue their Air Quality Advisory.  Please contact the Nez Perce Tribe for more information: airquality@nezperce.org.
An upper level ridge of high pressure centered over the desert Southwest is keeping a ridge all the way into Montana, which will maintain warm temperatures and light winds for all of Idaho.  There are minor disturbances embedded within this ridge which can be blamed for today’s storms across the Southeast Highlands.  Tomorrow should see a flattening of the ridge as an upper level low pressure system slowly approaches the eastern Pacific coast near Oregon and Washington.
 
The strongest smoke impacts are occurring across the Clearwater drainages, Central Idaho Mountains as well as southwest Idaho.  This will continue into the afternoon and evening.  Expect to experience impacts from the Canada border south to the Idaho/Nevada and Idaho/Utah border.  The highest impacts are expected to be within the drainages of the Clearwater, Salmon, Lochsa, down into the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.  In southern Idaho, impacts will be greatest within the drainages around McCall and Garden Valley and generally north of a line running from Weiser to Salmon.  Conditions have generally improved across southern Idaho with values in the Good and Moderate range across all monitors except for Salmon, which is currently reading Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups.  Nocturnal drainage flow will contribute to greater impacts in all of Idaho tonight, especially within the drainages into the Lewiston-Clarkston area and the Snake River Plain off the Central Idaho Mountains.  High level smoke is expected from California fires as the southwesterly flow pattern continues to drive the weather over Idaho.  Impacts in the central Idaho region will continue to be quite strong as the ridge limits mixing and wind speeds into Thursday and Friday.  No major weather changes are expected until the end of this week with increasingly unsettled weather with the chance for afternoon thunderstorms.

DEQ Air Quality Advisories:

Idaho DEQ has issued an Air Quality Advisory:
·         Coeur d’Alene Regional Office for Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Shoshone, and Benewah Counties through August 27th at 12:00noon when it will be extended or lifted.
·         Lewiston Regional Office for  Latah, Nez Perce, Lewis, Clearwater, Idaho Counties, river corridors and surrounding areas (off the Nez Perce Reservation) through August 27th at 10:00am when it will be extended or lifted.
·         Boise Regional Office for Adams, Valley, Washington, Payette, Gem, Boise, Canyon, Ada, Elmore, and Owyhee Counties through August 26th at 3:00pm when it will be extended or lifted.

·         Idaho Falls Regional Office for Lemhi County until August 26th at 12:00 noon when it will be extended or lifted.

View DEQ near-real time monitoring at: http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/
     The USFS installed monitors in Riggins, ID, Halfway, OR, and Newport, WA.  The information can be found at http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/smoke.pl
·         Riggins, ID monitor is Smoke USFS R1-306
·         Halfway, OR monitor is Smoke #68
·         Newport, WA monitor is Smoke E-BAM 925
·         Users should be aware that the Forest Service site reports the data in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).  To convert from UTC to Mountain Daylight Time, subtract 6 hours.

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.  Visit the Idaho Smoke Blog for more information at http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/

our 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

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

a. Face away from the sun.
b. Determine the limit of your visible range by looking for targets at known distances (miles).
c. Visible range is when an object you can easily see in the distance disappears.
d. Use the visibility values above to determine the local wildfire smoke category.