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BOISE -- Sunday's smattering of rainshowers moved through south and central Idaho, wiping away much of the smoke and haze hanging in the air.

For many, it was a welcome sign of relief from weeks of air pollution caused by dozens of wildfires stretching from California, to Washington, to right here in the Gem State.

On Monday, air quality sensors throughout much of the state registered from green to yellow -- which means good to moderate.

Communities like Riggins, New Meadows, McCall, and Salmon saw air quality dramatically improve. For instance -- Salmon saw its air quality increase from a purple or very unhealthy rating to good.

What's more: officials have now lifted a statewide burning ban that went into effect Friday due to decreasing air quality.

KTVB Chief Meteorologist RickLantz expects clear skies for the next few days.

Yesterday's storm broke the smoke up, Lantz said, adding We'll look for the smoke to fill back into the valley, but it will take some time.

Lantz says more rainshowers in Idaho's west and central mountain regions could be expected Tuesday -- and those showers could also help clean the air.

Officials at Idaho's Department of Environmental Quality say that communities in north Idaho are still expected to suffer from the negative impacts of smoke.

Mary Anderson is the leader of the DEQ's Smoke Management Program. Anderson says the state's skies have been smoke-filled since the second week in August.

Dave Luft is a DEQair quality analyst in the Treasure Valley. Luft says the smoke will likely stick around in some capacity until the second week of October.

In the last three years, we've had a total of six days that have been rated unhealthy for sensitive groups, and just this summer alone we've had eleven, Luft said.

What's going to stop it?

A big storm, snow, Luft added.

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