BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued a Red (unhealthy for sensitive groups) Air Quality Advisory for the Treasure Valley starting on Monday, Sept. 13.
The advisory was put in place due to elevated pollutant levels associated with wildfire smoke impacts.
This advisory will remain in effect until air quality conditions have significantly improved.
Idaho DEQ also issued a Stage 1 air quality Forecast & Caution for Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley, and Washington counties. This prohibits all forms of outdoor burning.
You can check the air quality in your neighborhood using this Idaho Air Quality map.
Sensitive individuals are encouraged to avoid spending too much time outdoors and to limit outdoor activity during the day.
The smokey air can cause breathing difficulties for children, elderly and people with respiratory problems. Those who are sensitive to the increased particulate matter or smoke should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activity and limit their activity outdoors, according to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.
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