Air quality deteriorating, 'unhealthy' in Boise County

Area Air Quality

BOISE -- A lot of people are talking about the smoky air blanketing many parts of the Treasure Valley Wednesday. And the closer you are to the fires in Boise County the more intense and dangerous the smoke becomes.

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At warm springs golf course in Boise the smoke didn't appear to keep too many people away.

Earlier in the day, when the smoke in the area was a little thicker, we caught up with Eric Stride, who, like many of us likes to get out golfing as much as possible.

He was a little surprised to see all the smoke in the area, but decided to come out and work on his swing anyway.

"For me I feel a little shorter of breath I guess," said Stride. "I'm a little hyper sensitive to it just having bad asthma, but not enough to prevent me from being outside or wanting to get out."

While the air quality in the Treasure Valley is in the yellow category, up in Idaho City it's much worse and more dangerous.

The Department of Health and Welfare is calling the air quality in Boise County "unhealthy."

Because of that they want people to limit their outdoor activities.

With the way the populated areas of Boise County are situated, the smoke is settling in creating a lot of problems for people.

Officials warn people who have trouble breathing or uncontrollable coughing to see a doctor.

They encourage people to avoid being outside whenever possible.

If you have plans up in Boise County this weekend, know that the smoke will likely stick around, and in turn the poor air quality.

The fire situation isn't expected to improve either.

Forecast: Sunny, smokey, warmer


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