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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Air Quality Advisory Remains in Effect for the Nez Perce Reservation

Description of Air Quality Event:
Due to wildfire smoke from the Lawyers Complex, the Air Quality Advisory issued for the Nez Perce Reservation remains in effect. Wildfire smoke will continue to move in and out of the area during the day and overnight. Some areas may be more impacted than others, so please take appropriate precautions.

Affected Areas:        
All areas on the Nez Perce Reservation.

Air Quality Index (AQI) Category:
Air quality in the town of Nezperce is currently in the “Hazardous” category. Areas of the Reservation along the Clearwater River Corridor from Stites to Lenore and the Camas Prairie communities of Craigmont, and Reubens are in or trending toward the “Unhealthy” category. Air quality is currently in the “Moderate” category for the western portion of the Reservation including the communities of Lapwai and Culdesac. Winds are forecasted to be variable for the next 24 hours, so local air quality will improve and worsen as smoke moves in and out of communities.

Restrictions: 
No EPA/NPT burn permits will be approved. This action does not apply to
fires set for cultural or traditional purposes (FARR General Rule for Open Burning, Section 49.131).

Next Update:
These restrictions are in effect through 10:00am Thursday, August 13th, 2015. Conditions will be reassessed at that time.

Nez Perce Tribe ERWM Air Quality Program
208-843-9381 | 1-800-720-4089
airquality@nezperce.org | www.nezperce.org/AirQuality/