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Thursday, August 4, 2016

DEQ is lifting an Air Quality Forecast & Caution

Date/Time Issued: Thursday, August 04, 2016/9:00 a.m.
Next Update: As Needed


  DEQ is lifting an Air Quality Forecast & Caution
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is lifting an Air Quality Forecast and Caution to notify residents of Latah County (off the Nez Perce Reservation) of improved air quality. Air quality is currently in the GOOD category and is forecast to remain in the GOOD category for the few next days. The pollutant of concern is Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5).
Health Impacts and Recommended Actions
When air quality is good, air quality is considered satisfactory and air pollution poses little or no risk. Please note, wildfires continue to burn across the northwest and smoke can return with little or no warning. Be aware of changing conditions to protect your health. 
Outdoor Burning Restrictions
Open burning restrictions have been lifted in accordance with the Rules for the Control of Air Pollution in Idaho (IDAPA 58.01.01.550).
Contact
For more information, contact DEQ’s Regional Office in Lewiston at (208) 799-4370. 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.