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PUBLIC BEING WARNED ABOUT EXPECTED UNHEALTHY AIR QUALITY IN POCATELLO, OTHER AREAS

December 9, 2018 GMT

If you’re young, old or have a medical condition that makes you sensitive to poor air quality, you might not want to venture outside in Southeast Idaho this weekend.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is warning the public about the expected unhealthy air quality in much of the region.

As a result of the expected polluted air the DEQ has issued an air quality advisory for Franklin and Bannock counties, including the cities of Pocatello, Chubbuck and Preston.

The National Weather Service also posted a warning about the poor air quality stating: “Those individuals who are sensitive to increased particulate matter may experience health effects and should limit prolonged time spent outdoors and heavy exertion.”

The weather service added that outdoor burning restrictions are in effect because of the expected poor air quality and “residential wood burning is restricted to certified or exempted stoves only.”

The weather service said the poor air quality is being caused by “a stagnant atmosphere and elevated pollutant levels.”

When air quality deteriorates, sensitive groups including children, senior citizens and people suffering from respiratory conditions are most at risk and that’s why the DEQ is urging those individuals to stay indoors as much as possible this weekend.

The DEQ said the air quality advisory will remain in effect until the air quality in Southeast Idaho improves.