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Monday, August 17, 2015

Idaho DEQ Air Quality Forecast and Caution

DEQ is extending an Air Quality Forecast & Caution
Date/Time Issued: Monday, August 17, 2015/12:00 p.m.
Next Update: Tuesday, August 18, 2015/12:00 p.m.

Due to wildfire smoke, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued an Air Quality Forecast and Caution to notify residents of Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, and Twin Falls Counties of degraded air quality.  Air quality is currently in theMODERATE category and is forecast to range from the Moderate category to the Unhealthy category. Air quality is likely to change drastically with slight changes in fire behavior and wind direction.. The pollutant of concern is Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5).

Health Impacts and Recommended Actions
When air quality is moderate, air quality is acceptable; however, people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution may experience health impacts and should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion.

Outdoor Burning Restrictions
All outdoor open burning is prohibited by the Department of Environmental Quality Rules for the Control of Air Pollution in Idaho (IDAPA 58.01.01.550).

Contact
For more information, contact DEQ’s Regional Office in Twin Falls at (208) 736-2190.
For real-time air monitoring information, visit DEQ’s website at 
airquality.deq.idaho.gov.
For more information about wildfire smoke, visit Idaho’s Smoke Blog at idsmoke.blogspot.com.

Air Quality Index (AQI):
Range
Category
Meaning
0 to 50
Good
Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk
51 to 100
Moderate
Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
101 to 150
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.
151 to 200
Unhealthy
Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.
201 to 300
Very Unhealthy
Health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.
301 to 500
Hazardous
Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health effects.
For more information on the AQI, read EPA’s AQI brochure at http://www.epa.gov/airnow/aqi_brochure_02_14.pdf.

* Sensitive groups for particulate matter include those with heart and lung disease, older adults, and children. Sensitive groups for ozone include those with lung disease, older adults, and children.