Surrounding wildfires send smokey air back into our region

LEWISTON, ID - According to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, an accumulation of smoke from the Sheep Fire, the McGuire Complex Fire and the Mustang Complex fire is to blame.

The current air quality in our area is unhealthy for sensitive groups. An Air Quality Advisory has been lifted from Nez Perce and Latah Counties, however an advisory remains for Idaho, Lewis and Clearwater Counties. For these three counties a mandatory burn ban is in effect until further notice.

Medical professionals warn that the air particulates can be damaging to your lungs, so limiting exposure to the air is very important.

There's no doubt it's been a busy season for firefighters in this area of the country. The McGuire Fire has threatened several hundred homes. The fire has gotten close to Dixie and the Red River Area. There's about 2% containment for the 35,000 acre fire. The smoke has reached a hazardous air quality level as of Wednesday.

The Powell SBW Complex only has 50 firefighters working out there but you can see why it's been a difficult fire to battle because it's in three different areas in the shape of an arc. This fire has grown to 50,000 acres just 45 miles southwest of Lolo-Pass.

The Sheep Fire, seven-miles North of Riggins, very close to Lucile is at 22% containment as of today with 34,000 acres charred. If you take a look at this plume of smoke you can see why we had such terrible air quality in the Valley right now.