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West Ada, Boise again cancel outdoor games for poor air quality

Practices will continue to be held inside until air quality reaches the orange category.

BOISE, Idaho — The Boise School District and West Ada School District have again canceled all outdoor competitions at high schools and middle schools Thursday due to unhealthy levels of wildfire smoke in the air.

"Due to poor air quality we have made the difficult decision to cancel all high school and middle school outdoor games that begin after 4 p.m. tonight," the district posted Thursday. "Please check with your individual coaches about practices for this evening as some may be moved indoors."

Boise School District followed suit a short time later.

"Due to unhealthy air quality, all athletic competitions at Boise School District sites are cancelled for today and all outside practices are being moved inside until air quality improves to the orange category," the district wrote.

The announcement came after both West Ada and the Boise School District canceled games and moved practices inside Wednesday.

The Treasure Valley is currently in the red category for unhealthy air, according to the DEQ, thanks to smoke from wildfires around the region that has drifted into the area. 

The hazy conditions are expected to last at least until the weekend, when a low-pressure system and cooler temperatures could help push out the smoke.

Check the latest forecast here and see our complete local and regional wildfire coverage here.

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