Hot Topic: It’s Fire Season, Are You Prepared?
Summer in Idaho is filled with outdoor activities, whether it’s a bike ride in your community or a week-long getaway in a scenic wilderness area. Unfortunately, our outdoor adventure season coincides with wildfire season, and nothing ruins a fun outing quicker than being choked by wildfire smoke. Breathing in smoke can have serious impacts to our health, especially those with medical conditions, children and the elderly. So as part of preparing for your next adventure, be sure to think about wildfires and how they can affect your plans. Here’s what we recommend:
- If you have any medical condition, speak with your doctor and make sure you understand the symptoms of exposure to smoke at unhealthy levels.
- Check in on current fire and air quality conditions. Is it safe for you to continue as planned, or do you need to modify something?
- If smoke has overrun your community, consider creating a “clean air room” in your home.
Protecting the Air You Breathe
Everyone deserves to breathe clean, healthy air, which is why clean air is at the heart of a lot of ICL’s work. It’s part of the reason we serve on eight different forest collaborative groups to build healthy, resilient forests better suited to handle wildfires and climate change. It drives our ambition to make Idaho a leader in renewable energy. And it’s the reason we strive to protect public health—by working to reduce air pollution from industrial activity and tracking any new laws or regulations that impact the air you breathe.
Idaho is known for our clean air, but it will only stay clean if we continue to protect it. Everyone can make choices that will improve the air around them—from choosing different transportation options to doing our part to prevent forest fires. If you’d like to learn more about what you can do right now to improve air quality, check out our most current work on air issues in Idaho:
- Protecting clean air
- Forest fires
- Coal-free future
- Crop residue burning
- Reducing impacts from transportation
- Light pollution
Read about ICL’s work to protect your clean air by preventing tons of toxic pollution from a trash burning facility, convincing stakeholders to close a coal plant, and many other successes.