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Old 08-12-2013, 07:51 AM
 
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Default forest fire smoke in Boise?

I was in Boise last year (August) for two weeks and the entire time I could see and smell smoke from fires. The drive through Idaho (coming from Missoula) was like a war zone with so much smoke in the air that it burned my eyes. Is this pretty normal for Idaho each year.....a rash of fires because of dry drought type conditions. I heard there is large fire burning near Mountain Home and wondered if it is sending smoke into Boise.
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:35 AM
 
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I was in Boise last year (August) for two weeks and the entire time I could see and smell smoke from fires. The drive through Idaho (coming from Missoula) was like a war zone with so much smoke in the air that it burned my eyes. Is this pretty normal for Idaho each year.....a rash of fires because of dry drought type conditions. I heard there is large fire burning near Mountain Home and wondered if it is sending smoke into Boise.
Smoke is normal in August but last year was exceptionally bad.
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Old 08-12-2013, 12:03 PM
 
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It's getting bad right now. We were on Payette Lake yesterday and the smoke there was so bad we couldn't see more than a few hundred yards. It was really surreal.
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:13 PM
 
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You can't see the foothills from downtown Boise, so yeah it's getting pretty bad today.

That fire up by Pine looks/sounds really bad. I hope they can save most of the structures, but there are some pretty vulnurable ones up there. Like that little school, among others.
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:23 PM
 
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It's shaping up to be a repeat of last year. Another major fire broke out just south of last year's Trinity Ridge fire which threatened the town of Featherville. So far Boise has been lucky in that the wind has mostly pushed the smoke north. If there is an easterly wind we'll probably be lucky to see the sun at all (like what happened last year)...
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Old 08-13-2013, 02:41 PM
 
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Last year was terrible. I my lifetime of living in Boise, it was the worst. Before last year, we hadn't had a lot of smoke due to fires in Boise in several years. We can have smoke from fires but it is usually short-lived and many years we have none at all. This year is hazy but nothing like last year. The fires causing it are in the same area as last summer--clearly with the proximity to Boise and weather patterns, fires in in Pine/Featherville are not good for us in Boise. There have been years with horrible forest fires in different areas north of us where we haven't had smoke in Boise at all.
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Old 08-13-2013, 04:33 PM
 
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We tend to think that the "local" fires are the cause of smoke in the valley and this year that does seem to be the case since the news last night said Idaho is battling the worst fires in the country . However last year much of the smoke in the valley was coming up from the fires in northern California and Eastern Oregon.
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:50 AM
 
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I went out to walk this morning and the smoke was pretty thick in my neighborhood in Meridian so I turned around and went back in. Yesterday it didn't seem as thick but while riding my bike my throat began to burn so I figured that's what it was.
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