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Current Wildfire Smoke Info

Smoke Outlook         

Updated September 23, 2020, at 10 a.m. MDT. Valid through September 24, 2020, at 12 p.m. MDT.

Yesterday’s 24hr AQI data indicated good to moderate air quality across the state. Air quality monitors are currently showing readings in the good to unhealthy for sensitive groups categories and air quality across the state is currently forecast to be good to moderate for a 24h AQI.

The smoke from California that moved into southern Idaho yesterday brought impacts to southwest and south-central Idaho. This smoke is continuing to affect southern Idaho with current air quality readings in the moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups range. 

Smoke is expected to continue to track north into the Central Idaho Mountains throughout the afternoon with a stronger secondary surge of smoke expected to reach the Idaho border with Nevada by around 2 a.m. tomorrow and reach the Snake River Plain by 7 a.m. tomorrow morning.

HRRR-Smoke 00z-Near Surface Smoke model: Indicates smoke entering south Idaho from Nevada while a smoke plume is visible on the Woodhead fire in Washington County.  Periods of moderate smoke are expected throughout the day and into tomorrow before a strong clearing event develops.

Air Pollution Caution Notices

  • Coeur d'Alene: None at this time
  • Lewiston: None at this time
  • Bose: None at this time
  • Twin Falls: None at this time
  • Pocatello: None at this time
  • Idaho Falls: None at this time

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.

Monitoring

For air quality forecasts and wildfire activity for your area, visit the following websites:

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

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
Nicole.Rogers@dhw.idaho.gov

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.


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Staff Contacts

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

Air Quality/Remediation 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

Air Quality Manager
Shawn Sweetapple
DEQ Coeur d'Alene Regional Office
2110 Ironwood Parkway
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
(208) 666-4602
shawn.sweetapple@deq.idaho.gov

Air Quality/Remediation 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
Philip Hagihara
DEQ Lewiston Regional Office
1118 "F" St.
Lewiston, ID 83501
(208) 799-4370
philip.hagihara@deq.idaho.gov

Air Quality Manager
Melissa Gibbs
DEQ Pocatello Regional Office
444 Hospital Way #300
Pocatello, ID 83201
(208) 236-6160
melissa.gibbs@deq.idaho.gov

Senior Air Quality Meteorologist
Jacob Wolf
DEQ State Office
Air Quality Division
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0480
jacob.wolf@deq.idaho.gov

Smoke Management Analyst
Sally Hunter
1410 N. Hilton St.,
Boise, ID 83706
208-373-0181
Sally.Hunter@deq.idaho.gov

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

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.

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.

Related Pages

Particulate Matter

Wildland Fires

Air Pollution Emergencies