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Pioneer Fire smoke continues yellow air quality alert in Boise

Boise is under a yellow air quality alert Thursday and smoke from the Pioneer Fire, burning near Lowman, continues to sweep over the Treasure Valley.
Boise is under a yellow air quality alert Thursday and smoke from the Pioneer Fire, burning near Lowman, continues to sweep over the Treasure Valley. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

Boise is under a yellow air quality alert Thursday, as the Pioneer Fire continues to burn and send smoke into the Treasure Valley, according to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s real-time air monitoring.

A yellow alert means all forms of burning are prohibited in Ada and Canyon counties. Motorists are encouraged to limit their driving, according to a DEQ press release.

The smoke wasn’t so thick, though, that Boiseans couldn’t see a full moon Thursday morning. The orange full moon shone brightly over the city before sunrise.

Idaho City is faring worse than the Treasure Valley with an orange air quality alert, which is at an unhealthy level for sensitive groups, including the very young, the very old and people with respiratory health conditions. Burning will be prohibited in the area, according to the DEQ.

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