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Current Wildfire Smoke Info

Smoke Outlook         

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.

Monitoring

For air quality forecasts and wildfire activity for your area, visit the following websites:

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

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
Nicole.Rogers@dhw.idaho.gov

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.


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Staff Contacts

Air Quality Manager
David Luft
DEQ Boise Regional Office
1445 N. Orchard St.
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0550
david.luft@deq.idaho.gov

Air Quality/Remediation Manager
Bobby Dye
DEQ Twin Falls Regional Office
650 Addison Avenue West, Suite 110
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(208) 736-2190
bobby.dye@deq.idaho.gov

Air Quality Manager
Shawn Sweetapple
DEQ Coeur d'Alene Regional Office
2110 Ironwood Parkway
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
(208) 666-4602
shawn.sweetapple@deq.idaho.gov

Air Quality/Remediation Manager
Rensay Owen
DEQ Idaho Falls Regional Office
900 N. Skyline Drive, Suite B
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 528-2650
rensay.owen@deq.idaho.gov

Air Quality Manager
Philip Hagihara
DEQ Lewiston Regional Office
1118 "F" St.
Lewiston, ID 83501
(208) 799-4370
philip.hagihara@deq.idaho.gov

Air Quality Manager
Melissa Gibbs
DEQ Pocatello Regional Office
444 Hospital Way #300
Pocatello, ID 83201
(208) 236-6160
melissa.gibbs@deq.idaho.gov

Senior Air Quality Meteorologist
Jacob Wolf
DEQ State Office
Air Quality Division
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0480
jacob.wolf@deq.idaho.gov

Smoke Management Analyst
Sally Hunter
1410 N. Hilton St.,
Boise, ID 83706
208-373-0181
Sally.Hunter@deq.idaho.gov

Smoke Management Supervisor
Mark Boyle
DEQ Coeur d'Alene Regional Office
2110 Ironwood Parkway
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
(208) 666-4607
mark.boyle@deq.idaho.gov

Air Quality Conditions

Under Idaho’s Air Pollution Emergency Rule, DEQ may issue air quality alerts when pollutant levels reach levels that endanger public health. The alerts range from Stage 1 to 4, with each stage addressing a progressively more serious air quality event and triggering certain emergency actions.

Note: Idaho DEQ does not have jurisdiction within the five Indian Reservations in Idaho. For air quality information on the reservations, contact the individual Tribes.

Related Pages

Particulate Matter

Wildland Fires

Air Pollution Emergencies