Current Wildfire Smoke Info
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.
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.