Air quality very unhealthy, burn ban extended

Idaho DEQ has rated air quality over North Idaho as very unhealthy, and extended a burn ban through Wednesday afternoon, when conditions will be reassessed.

All open outdoor burning is prohibited.

The rating is due to fine particulate matter from smoke from regiona fires to the west.

When air quality is very unhealthy, the entire population is more likely to be affected. Sensitive persons, the very young, the elderly and those suffering breathinkg issues or heart problems should avoid all physical activity outdoors.

Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion and stay indoors.