The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued a RED/unhealthy air quality advisory (AQI) due to elevated pollutant levels consisting mainly of smoke particles.
Smoke impacts from wildfires have prompted the DEQ to issue a statewide air quality advisory in effect through 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 7, at which time conditions will be evaluated again on a county‑by‑county basis. Air quality is in the moderate to very unhealthy categories throughout most of the state and is forecast to remain that way for the next 24-48 hours.
Under this advisory, all open burning is prohibited, including campfires, recreational fires, weed control burning and residential burning.
Daily updates on air quality conditions at various locations in Idaho are available on DEQ’s Air Quality Reports and Forecasts and Current Wildfire Smoke Information webpages. For areas where air quality monitors are not available, the Visibility Range and AQI Table can help determine the necessary precautions to take.
Air pollutants can cause breathing difficulties for children and the elderly, as well as those with respiratory problems. Individuals who are sensitive to increased particulate matter and gaseous pollutants such as ozone or smoke are encouraged to avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activity. It is also recommended that all other individuals limit prolonged or strenuous activity outdoors.
If you commute to Boise State campus, you are urged to:
- carpool, telecommute or use mass transit
- avoid idling your vehicle
- delay fueling your vehicle until late in the day
- reduce the use of gasoline-powered equipment or delay it until late in the day
For details on this air quality advisory and to receive near real-time AQI measurements, visit www.deq.idaho.gov/air-quality/monitoring/daily-reports-and-forecasts/ or call 208-373-0313 for recorded forecast information.
Some additional recommendations from Boise State Health Services:
- Monitor the announcements and health alerts on the university health services website at healthservices.boisestate.edu
- Find more resources about wildfire smoke at the Boise State Office of Emergency Management’s air quality index information site: emergencymanagement.boisestate.edu/emergency_procedures/air-quality-index/
- If you are feeling short of breath, wheezing, having chest pain, heart palpitations, extreme fatigue, or difficulty moving due to unhealthy air quality levels, contact Health Services at 208-426-1459, email Healthservices@boisestate.edu, contact your healthcare provider or call 9-1-1.