Burn ban, air quality caution extended through Friday

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The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has extended an air pollution forecast and caution to notify residents of Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah and Shoshone counties outside of reservation boundaries of degraded air quality.

Due to wildfire smoke health impacts may occur, burning restrictions are in effect and all open outdoor burning is prohibited. Those who heat with wood are asked to voluntarily refrain from burning until conditions improve.

Air quality is currently in the unhealthy category and is forecast to persist there through Friday.

Air quality is likely to change drastically with slight changes in weather conditions and fire behavior and may improve temporarily with daily weather patterns.

When air quality is unhealthy, everyone may begin to experience health effects. Members of sensitive groups may experience more serious effects and should stay indoors and avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.

Everyone else should limit prolonged/heavy exertion and limit time outdoors.