Current Wildfire Smoke Info
Updated October 1, 2020, at 10 a.m. MDT. Valid through October 2, 2020, at 12 p.m. MDT.
Air quality monitors are currently showing readings in the good category with Nampa in the moderate category. Air quality forecasts for today are in the good to moderate category.
Regional smoke is expected to stay out of Idaho today with smoke from California fires tracking north over the Pacific Ocean before turning to the east late this afternoon and into tomorrow. This lofted smoke will be over Central Idaho along the OR/WA/ID intersection around 6 a.m. MDT tomorrow and track to the south and southeast expanding over the Lower and Middle Snake River Plain.
Haze will reach to the NV/ID/UT intersection by around 3 p.m. MDT tomorrow. Smoke impacts at the surface are expected to be limited to areas near any local fires. Generally hazy conditions with smoke aloft should be expected across the southwest and portions of Central Idaho today and expanding in coverage tomorrow morning and afternoon.
06Z HRRR-Smoke Vertically Integrated Smoke: Smoke will track north along the Pacific Coast before tracking east into Central Idaho and then dropping south into southern Idaho tomorrow. This smoke is expected to stay aloft.
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.