Wildfire activity caused a purple air quality advisory for Salmon today.
Rensay Owen of the Department of Environmental Quality says that this advisory is more serious than previous ones issued this summer. “We have been issuing an air quality advisory for Lemhi and Custer county areas for the last three weeks now. The last week or so these advisories have been in the unhealthy category.”
Owens says that the purple warning is the second highest level on the air quality index. “The very unhealthy category – folks should stay indoors and limit any exertion.”
The D-E-Q says the air quality has deteriorated because of smoke from the Halstead, Trinity Ridge and Mustang fires.
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