Upper Valley and Teton Valley remain under air quality advisory

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REXBURG — Due to improving air quality conditions, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has lifted its statewide air quality advisory.

However, several eastern Idaho counties remain under an advisory including: Madison, Clark, Fremont, Teton and Custer. In those counties an open burn ban remains in effect and air quality remains moderately unhealthy.

A number of western and northern Idaho counties also remain until the advisory.

“Wildfire smoke continues to impact all of Idaho to some degree with significant impacts in central Idaho and the Panhandle and is expected to continue over the next several days,” DEQ Smoke Management Program Coordinator Mark Boyle said in a news release. “Light-to-moderate impacts in most areas in southern portions of Idaho are expected over the weekend as conditions continue to improve over the next few days.”

The National Weather Service advises individuals who are sensitive to increase particulate or smoke levels to limit prolonged or strenuous outdoor activity. An increase in symptoms of asthma and other respiratory ailments are also likely, officials said.

To view the DEQ air quality forecast click here.

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