Officials warn of bad air quality in Lemhi and Custer Counties due to fires
Public health officials are alerting people in Lemhi and Custer Counties to stay inside as much as possible to protect themselves from the very unhealthy air.
The Department of Environmental Quality is forecasting very unhealthy levels for the Central Mountain areas of Idaho, particularly the Salmon area. Because of wildfire activity and weather patterns, air quality conditions are not expected to significantly improve in the next few days.
People exposed to smoke may experience coughing and shortness of breath. Older adults, infants, children and people with medical conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and heart disease are more affected. People who use inhalers for asthma or other conditions should keep them close at hand. Everyone is advised to seek medical treatment for uncontrolled coughing, wheezing, choking, or if breathing difficulty continues once they are indoors.
Information on the fires in your area is available on www.inciweb.org