Air quality improves slightly, for the moment

An improvement this morning; as of 8 a.m., air quality over the metro has gone from “very unhealthy” to just “unhealthy” with particulate matter from smoke at 173 parts per million.

People with heart or lung disease, older adults, children and teens – take any of these steps to reduce your exposure:

  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activities.
  • Keep outdoor activities short.
  • Consider moving physical activities indoors or rescheduling them.

Everyone else – take any of these steps to reduce your exposure:

  • Choose less strenuous activities (walking instead of running) so you don’t breathe as hard.
  • Shorten the amount of time you are active outdoors.
  • Be active outdoors when air quality is better.

In it’s forecasting, predicts very unhealthy air, with particulates 201 to 300 ppm, later today and into tomorrow for much of North Idaho and improving conditions in Montana and much of central Washington. An Idaho DEQ air quality advisory remains in effect until 11 a.m. Thursday.