BOISE -- The Treasure Valley enjoyed its fourth straight day of good air quality on Saturday.
After seeing a smoky haze for most of the past couple months, people can now get out and enjoy their weekend, without worrying about health risks.
We talked to Saint Al's E.R. Doctor Brian Reynolds in August when the Valley was blanketed in a thick smoky haze from massive fires in the region. He said more people were coming through his doors, because of the smoke.
"We're seeing itchy eyes, burning eyes, allergy symptoms, runny nose, coughing, trouble breathing," said Dr. Reynolds.
KTVB Meteorologist Jim Duthie says the Boise area was in an orange or yellow air quality alert from mid-July, pretty much through August.
"Because of not only the fires here in Idaho, but it was pulling a lot of smoke in from California, Nevada, and Oregon fires, as well," said Duthie.
However, Saturday, as the intensity of those fires lessened, it was a completely different story.
"We're having a blast! Yeah, a great day," said Mandi Jo Dunn, who along with Adam Olson, brought their kids to Art in the Park.
They were just some of the thousands of people that packed into Julia Davis Park to enjoy one of the few good air days this summer.
"It's been rough. Glad to have clean air!" said Olson. "You can actually see the mountains today, it's amazing!" added Dunn.
Event organizers said they were thrilled with the air quality, because parents like Adam and Mandi Jo were not afraid to get their kids out of the house. Children and older folks are considered 'sensitive groups,' which the Department of Environmental Quality encouraged to stay inside during those orange air quality days.
"We definitely didn't get out as much," said Dunn. "With the high heat and the smoke, it was awful for them."
"It's just been kind of sad that every day you go out, and you can't see the sun," said Kay Newsom, who was enjoying Art in the Park with her husband Wayne.
"I've got the allergy thing," said Wayne. "I usually have a tear rolling down one of my eyes.
"There is still three big fires burning in the state, but they are burning with less intensity. Meteorologists say the cooler temperatures have been the big reason for that, since there has been very little precipitation, and they are not expecting much in the next month.