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Air Quality degrades further in Clearwater, Lewis, Idaho, Latah, Nez Perce counties

With the degradation of the air, the Air Quality Advisory issued for the Nez Perce Reservation and Air Pollution Forecast and Caution for north central Idaho by Idaho Department of Environmental Quality remain in effect through 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, when conditions will be reassessed.

Wildfire smoke from the Sunnyside Complex and fires in California/Oregon/Washington will continue to impact this region this week. Smoke may move in and out of the area depending on fire and wind activity; some areas may be more impacted than others. No EPA/NPT burn permits will be approved.

Air quality is currently ranging from the "Unhealthy" to the "Hazardous" categories of the Air Quality Index.

Health Impacts and Recommended Actions: When air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups, sensitive persons may experience health effects and should limit prolonged or heavy exertion and limit time spent outdoors. The general public is unlikely to be affected. When air quality is unhealthy, everyone may begin to experience health effects. Members of sensitive groups may experience more serious effects and should avoid prolonged/heavy exertion and stay indoors. Everyone should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion and stay indoors.

Woodstove Burning Restrictions: Voluntary burn ban for residential wood burning activities.

Outdoor Burning Restrictions: All outdoor open burning is prohibited by the Department of Environmental Quality in accordance with the Rules for the Control of Air Pollution in Idaho (IDAPA 58.01.550)

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. To track regional air quality, visit the Idaho Smoke Blog at idsmoke.blogspot.com or EPA's AirNow website.

For more information concerning local ordinances contact your local city or county.

To track regional air quality, visit the Idaho Smoke Blog at idsmoke.blogspot.com or EPA's AirNow website.

Additional information about wildfires and health precautions during a wildfire smoke event is included in the notification. The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare has two charts that may be of interest: Community Guide for Staying Healthy During Wildfire Events and School Activity Guidelines for Wildfire Smoke Events.

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