State officials ban outdoor burning in Idaho
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued an outdoor burning ban in every county in Idaho due to wildfire smoke that is making for poor air quality.
The Idaho Statesman reports that the agency issued the alerts on Friday. The agency says the advisory runs through the weekend and will be evaluated Monday morning for each county.
Agency spokeswoman Mary Anderson says this is the first time so much of the state has air that is considered unhealthy.
Smoke is coming from wildfires burning in Idaho and Washington state.
In Idaho those fires include the 180-square-mile Halstead Fire north of Stanley and the 70-square-mile Sheep Fire north of Riggins.
Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com