Cough, cough: Treasure Valley smoke blows in from California

Strong winds have brought smoke from wildfires in Northern California into Idaho, degrading air quality to moderate levels in Boise and Nampa.

Three major fires burning in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest west of Redding have consumed nearly 141,000 acres. Another blaze 115 miles west of Sacramento has torched 61,000 acres and has destroyed hundreds of homes.

Changing wind patterns brought the smoke into Idaho on Sunday, said meteorologist Jessica Caubre of the National Weather Service in Boise.

Moderate air quality is acceptable for most people but a small number of people who are unusually sensitive to ozone may experience respiratory symptoms, according to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.

Air quality remained in the good category early Monday afternoon in Meridian and south of Boise.

Temperatures cooled down this morning. Scattered showers are expected Monday afternoon, with the chance for showers increasing to 70 percent Monday evening and Tuesday. Between Wednesday and Thursday, the chance of showers will be between 30 percent and 40 percent.

Today’s high is expected to reach 80 degrees but will cool down to about 68 on Tuesday, Caubre said. The highs for Wednesday and Thursday will be in the mid-70s, increasing to 72 on Friday, she said.

“It feels better than it has the past few days,” she said.

Sunday’s high was 90 degrees, three degrees lower than Saturday’s high temperature.