The Air Quality Advisory issued for the Nez Perce Reservation remains 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 our 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. To track regional air quality, visit the Idaho Smoke Blog or the AirNow Website. For AQI health-related information, visit: AQI Basics.

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.

Sensitive groups include: Infants, children, pregnant women, elders; People who have high exposure (those who work, exercise, or spend extensive time outdoors) and People with existing health conditions or chronic diseases like asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, heart disease, COPD or diabetes.

Idaho Smoke Information Blog: idsmoke.blogspot.com

• AirNow Website: air-now.gov

• Idaho Fire Information Blog: idahofireinfo.com

• Idaho Department of Health and Welfare: Wildfire Smoke and Your Health

• Idaho Smoke Information Hotline: 1-800-345-1007

Nez Perce Tribe Air Quality Program

P.O. Box 365 | 109 Lolo St.

Lapwai, ID  83540

208-843-9381 | 1-800-720-4089

Fax: 208-843-7411

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