Smoke

Some Idaho potato farmers are worried heavy wildfire smoke may have damaged their crops.

 

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

Wildfire smoke is continuing to foul air quality around much of the state. Monitoring sites in Twin Falls and Nampa both recorded levels of pollutants at an unhealthy level this week.

ALEXI HUBBELL PHOTOGRAPHY / Wyoming Public Media

Everybody loves a late-summer outdoor wedding, and what is a better setting than the natural splendor of the Gem State? The smoky haze from the region's wildfires are filling up the skies, though, and couples are worrying about the health of their wedding guests. Might there be a grey haze in all the wedding photos?

Credit Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

While firefighters work to contain the multiple wildfires raging in Idaho, smoke from fires from Canada to California is pouring into the Treasure Valley. Boise State Public Radio's Frankie Barnhill and Matt Guilhem join Idaho Matters to provide updates on this season's wildfires and to run through the flag warnings around the state and air quality forecasts for the Treasure Valley.

  • Frankie Barnhill and Matt Guilhem of Boise State Public Radio News check-in with a wildfire update
  • How wildland fires are affecting outdoor Idaho weddings
  • Volunteer healthcare professionals provide free medical services for Idahoans

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

Fires across Idaho are burning and creating smoky conditions in some regions. But the smoke from Gem State fires is just one reason for the haze blanketing much of the state.


Inciweb

Idaho is hot, smoky and on fire. Over the past two weeks, Idaho's fire season has blown up, with wildfires burning up thousands of acres and threatening towns like Council. We get the wildfire picture, straight from the people who report on it.

Anna King / Northwest News Network

Winemakers are hyper-focused when it comes to the environmental factors that influence the way their product is made. Soil, climate and location all affect wine grapes. Now, there’s evidence that wildfire smoke alters the way a wine tastes – regardless of the flavor of the grapes at harvest.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Smoke from wildfires in Idaho and neighboring states made the air so bad this week, officials declared a statewide air quality advisory. At times, the smoke brought down visibility to less than a mile and lowered air quality to the purple level – very unhealthy.


Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

The entire state of Idaho is under an air quality advisory - thanks to smoke from wildfires – for the first time since August of 2015.


Pictures: Boise Covered By Smoke

Oct 14, 2015
Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

The smoke blanketing Boise from the Walker Fire near Idaho City eased up Wednesday but was still bad enough for the Boise School District to cancel outdoor activities like football games and tennis matches.

Someone flying into Boise Tuesday shared the pictures above with KBSX. Much of the valley floor is invisible under a gray/brown haze. 

Boise's Table Rock was a dim outline at about 9:00 Tuesday morning. It was a little clearer around the same time Wednesday morning from outside our studios.

Nicholas D. / Flickr

Smoke from wildfires continues to plague the Treasure Valley. Forecasters say things will get worse before they get better.

Winds are out of the northwest Friday and expected to be again Saturday. That will actually bring more smoke into the Treasure Valley.

Valerie Mills is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boise.

U.S. Forest Service

Smoky skies, from dozens of western wildfires, have prompted the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to issue an air quality advisory for the entire state of Idaho.

Such advisories are typically issued for individual counties or cities.

Inciweb

Forest Service researchers are taking a closer look at how wildfire smoke impacts the people most exposed to it. A five-year study will monitor the carbon monoxide levels of firefighters around the country.

National Weather Service

The air quality in the Treasure Valley has dropped from good to moderate, thanks to a change in winds that’s bringing in smoke from the south. The National Weather Service in Boise reports the sudden influx of smoke into Idaho is due to a change in the wind pattern.

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