BOISE – Some breezes in the Treasure Valley today could means a slight improvement in the hazy conditions we are experiencing from wildfires burning in the region, but Idaho’s Chief Meteorologist Rick Lantz expects the stagnant air to remain at least through the weekend, if not longer.
“There are no immediate changes in the weather to get rid of the smoke,” said Lantz.
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued a yellow air quality alert for Wednesday and Thursday for Ada and Canyon counties. That is in the moderate range.
A Stage 1 Air Quality Advisory is also in effect for much of Southwest Idaho including Ada, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette and Washington counties. A mandatory burn bans remains in effect.
Residents are urged to postpone strenuous outdoor activities and limit driving until the air quality improves.
Officials say the elevated pollutant levels are due to smoke from wildfires burning in Southwest Idaho, Northern Nevada, Southern Oregon and Northern California.