Unhealthy Air Alert

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The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued a Red (unhealthy) Air Quality Advisory for southwest Idaho and the Treasure Valley due to elevated pollutant levels associated with wildfire smoke impacts.

The alert was issued Wednesday evening and this advisory will remain in effect until air quality conditions have significantly improved.

Idaho DEQ has also issued a Stage 1 air quality forecast & caution for Ada, Adams, Boise, Camas, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Gooding, Jerome, Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls, Valley, and Washington counties. This prohibits all forms of outdoor burning.

Air pollutants can cause breathing difficulties for children, the elderly, as well as persons with respiratory problems. Those individuals who are sensitive to increased particulate matter or smoke are encouraged to avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activity during this alert. It is also recommended that all other individuals limit prolonged or strenuous activity outdoors.

If if is a regularly scheduled work day, you are urged:

* to carpool, telecommute, or use mass transit

* avoid idling your vehicle

* delay fueling your vehicle until late in the day

* reduce the use of gasoline-powered equipment or delay until late in the day

For details on this air quality alert for the Treasure Valley...visit the IDEQ internet site at www.idaho.deq.gov or call 208-373-0313 for recorded forecast information.

This statement is issued by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Boise Regional Office, Air Quality Group, Boise, ID. Contact 208-373-0550 for more information.

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