DEQ extends statewide air quality advisory

DEQ extends statewide air quality advisory
Posted at 1:14 PM, Sep 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-07 17:40:52-04

Continuing smoke from wildfires has prompted the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to extend a statewide air quality advisory.

This advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. Friday, September 8 -- at which time officials will evaluate conditions again on a county-by-county basis. The DEQ says this advisory does not apply to lands within Indian reservation boundaries or to activities associated with fire suppression.

“Air quality remains in the moderate to very unhealthy categories throughout most of the state. Expect statewide impacts to continue through Thursday. Friday offers a possibility of relief to the southern Idaho airsheds, as the upper level winds shift to the southwest while high concentrations are expected to persist in north Idaho,” DEQ’s Air Quality Meterologist Jacob Wolf said.

Under this advisory, all open burning is prohibited, including campfires, recreational fires, weed control burning, and residential burning.