LOCAL AIR QUALITY DECLARED TO BE UNHEALTHY DUE TO WILDFIRES: Residents urged to stay indoors as much as possible

August 22, 2018

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality reports that the air quality in Bannock County is unhealthy due to smoke from the wildfires burning around the region.

The DEQ issued an air quality alert on Tuesday morning for Bannock County, especially for the cities of Pocatello and Chubbuck, because of the unhealthy air quality.

“At this air quality level everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects,” the DEQ reported.

Although there are no wildfires burning in the Bannock County area, there are wildfires in other parts of the state and in surrounding states that are creating the smoke making Bannock County’s air unhealthy to breathe.

The air quality alert for Bannock County will remain in effect until the smoke pollution level in the air significantly decreases, DEQ said.

“Those individuals who are sensitive to increased particulate or smoke levels are encouraged to avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activity,” the National Weather Service reported. “All others should limit prolonged or strenuous outdoor activity.”

There is a chance the air quality will slightly improve in the next 24 hours, so stay with idahostatejournal.com for updates.

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