Idaho DEQ Daily Air Quality Index (AQI) Forecast and Burn Conditions


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Idaho City 3-day Forecast

Last Updated 9/18/2018

Forecast Discussion

Sunny with light winds and warmer temperatures.  Smoke impacts from local and regional wildfire activity may continue throughout the area.  Air quality is expected to be within the "Good" category.

Please be aware other local or area wide burn restrictions may still be in place.  Contact your local city/county office or fire protection district for more information.

Wednesday Sep 19

Health

Good
AQI=25
PM 2.5
Action

Residential Wood Heating

No Restrictions

Outdoor Burning

Voluntary Restrictions

Thursday Sep 20

Health

Good
PM 2.5
Action

Residential Wood Heating

No Restrictions

Outdoor Burning

Voluntary Restrictions

Friday Sep 21

Health

Good
PM 2.5
Action

Residential Wood Heating

No Restrictions

Outdoor Burning

Voluntary Restrictions

Special Message

State and federal land management agencies will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on all lands within southwest Idaho effective Aug. 3, 2018.  

Under the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, the following acts are prohibited on private, state and federally managed or protected lands, roads, and trails:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire or stove fire except within a designated recreation site within a permanent concrete or metal fire ring, or on their own land within an owner-provided structure.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

**Closed fire season is now in effect from May 10 through October 20. Individuals living outside city limits anywhere in Idaho who plan to burn for any reason must obtain a fire safety burn permit during closed fire season.  Please visit http://burnpermits.idaho.gov/Home.aspx for more information.

Before conducting any outdoor burning please contact your local fire district. For more information call the Boise Region's AQ Hotline at 208-373-0313. Please be informed of any local rules or regulations that affect your area. Click here to see a list of Treasure Valley Ordinances. For more information on Regional Air Quality please visit the Boise Region web page.

Note: Advance registration with DEQ is required before conducting crop residue burning on lands other than the five Indian Reservations in Idaho. Visit DEQ's Crop Residue Burning Web Page to see requirements and apply for a permit. Click HERE for Crop Residue Burning Map

This Air Quality forecast represents the expected level of pollution for the area. The forecasted AQI is the average for the entire day. There may be short periods of time throughout the day when air quality is greater or less than the forecasted AQI. The forecast is produced by DEQ staff located in the regional office nearest the area represented.

The AQ Forecast Discussion section describes the weather and other pertinent factors contributing to the air quality condition for the day.

The Health message helps to determine how the expected pollutant levels could affect the health of the people in the area. Click on the "Health Forecast" link below to help you plan your activity for the day to minimize the effects of air pollution on your health.

The Action section notifies the public of voluntary or mandatory actions needed to help control air pollution on the area. Many local and regional jurisdictions have restrictions on open burning and/or woodstove use for reducing pollution in the area. If a Stage One Forecast and Caution is in effect all open burning is prohibited by state rule (IDAPA 58.0101550-562). Click on the "Action Forecast" link below to help you determine what local restrictions may currently be in effect.

The Action Forecast/Special Message section is used to highlight known local and state restrictions that would currently be in place.

Action Forecast

No Restrictions
Voluntary Restrictions
Mandatory Restrictions

For recommended or required actions specific to the forecasted action level, please follow the link below Link To Recommended/Required Actions

Health Forecast

AQI Value Actions to Protect Your Health From Particle Pollution
Good
(0 - 50)
None
Moderate
(51 - 100)
Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
(101 - 150)
The following groups should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion:
  • People with heart or lung disease
  • Children and older adults
Unhealthy
(151 - 200)
The following groups should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion:
  • People with heart or lung disease
  • Children and older adults
Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.
Very Unhealthy
(201 - 300)
The following groups should avoid all physical activity outdoors:
  • People with heart or lung disease
  • Children and older adults
Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.
Hazardous
(301 - 500)
Everyone: Avoid all physical activity outdoors.
Sensitive groups: Remain indoors and keep activity levels low.
Follow tips for keeping particle levels low indoors.
AQI Values Actions to Protect Your Health From Ozone
Good
(0 - 50)
None
Moderate
(51 - 100)
Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
(101 - 150)
The following groups should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion:
  • People with lung disease, such as asthma
  • Children and older adults
  • People who are active outdoors
Unhealthy
(151 - 200)
The following groups should avoid prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion:
  • People with lung disease, such as asthma
  • Children and older adults
  • People who are active outdoors
Everyone else should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.
Very Unhealthy
(201 - 300)
The following groups should avoid all outdoor exertion:
  • People with lung disease, such as asthma
  • Children and older adults
  • People who are active outdoors
Everyone else should limit outdoor exertion.
Hazardous
(301 - 500)
The following groups should avoid all outdoor exertion:
  • People with lung disease, such as asthma
  • Children and older adults
  • People who are active outdoors
Everyone else should limit outdoor exertion.
Click the link below for health information and recommended actions for each of the six AQI categories.
Link to EPA's AirNow Web Page