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UPDATE: Air quality likely to stay in red alert Friday

Ada and Canyon County air quality is expected to be unhealthy for everyone for the second day in a row Friday, according to the Department of Environmental Quality.

State officials have also banned all outdoor burning in the state as air continues to be affected by regional and local fires. Burning in wood stoves and fireplaces in Ada and Canyon counties is also prohibited.

Air impact from smoke is expected to continue through the weekend.

State air quality officials bumped Ada and Canyon counties’ air quality from an orange alert, which mean sensitive people are affected, to a red alert on Thursday. The last time the Valley saw red air quality days were in August and September 2012.

The red designation means everyone may encounter health effects from the smoke, DEQ officials

That means children should be kept indoors and outside sporting events should be relocated indoors. People should limit driving and combine trips and errands. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has issued guidelines for caretakers and schools on how to take care of children during smoke events. Children with asthma should limit their vigorous activity and get extra monitoring, according to the department.

An interagency blog set up to track wildfire smoke issues in Idaho has suggestions on how to find the fires affecting you at this link.

For more on fires burning Wednesday, click on this link.

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