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Friday, July 10, 2015

07/10/15 Idaho DEQ Smoke Forecast

Updated 12 Noon MDT Friday, July 10, 2015

Valid through Noon MDT Monday, July 13, 2015

Smoke Outlook

Air quality is forecast to remain in the Good to Moderate air quality category across the state, although short term readings will be higher in the Clearwater drainages and across the Idaho Panhandle. Conditions continue to improve.  Currently there are no Air Quality Alerts issued by DEQ.

Both northern and southern Idaho will be under the influence of an upper level low pressure system today and through the weekend.  This system will provide ample opportunity for afternoon thunderstorms across much of the state.  These storms are expected to be, at best, moderate in nature.  This active weather pattern will be the primary driver through Tuesday of next week before an upper level ridge returns to northern Idaho and a zonal flow pattern sets up across southern Idaho.  Both of these patterns will promote drying across the state.  At this point, there is little confidence out beyond Tuesday and re-evaluation will be needed as the new week begins.

The strongest smoke impacts are occurring across the Idaho Panhandle with light impacts through the Hells Canyon and Clearwater drainages.  This will continue in the afternoon until favorable convective conditions develop across north Idaho. 

View DEQ near-real time monitoring at:

Smoke forecasts are dependent on predicted fire growth and weather.  If conditions change unexpectedly, impacts could occur.  When visibility starts to go below 5 miles, sensitive groups should minimize outdoor activities.  Everyone else should minimize prolonged or physical activity outdoors.  Visit the Idaho Smoke Blog for more information at

Your eyes are your best tools to determine if it’s safe to be outside.  Even if you smell smoke, the air quality may still be good. 

AQI Category
Visibility (miles)
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
1½  -2¾
Very Unhealthy
Less than 1