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Smoke and haze up Air Quality Alert to Orange for Treasure Valley

Smoky, hazy skies have replaced the cloudless blue summer days we have grown used to in Southwestern Idaho. (KBOI photo)

"It's just horrible."

Smoky, hazy skies have replaced the cloudless blue summer days we have grown used to in Southwestern Idaho.

"Obviously very smoky and it's definitely gotten...I think it's worse today than it has been in the last few days," said Becky Schults.

The Treasure Valley is under an Orange Air Quality Alert due to smoke from wildfires burning areas as far as Canada.

"I'm really surprised by it," said Wendy McGee, who is visiting from New Zealand. "We don't have pollution like this in New Zealand. So yeah I was quite shocked."

It's hard to miss the thick haze blanketing the area and obscuring the otherwise clear and sunny skies.

"We did decide to not hike Table Rock today because of the haziness," said Hagan Schults.

The combination of smoke, pollutants, and ground-level ozone formation can be especially hard on sensitive people - specifically those with respiratory conditions like asthma or bronchitis.

"Oh it's so smoky. I'll tell you what I wake up every morning and I can't breathe," said Bobbie Ann Makinson. "I need an inhaler and everything and you can see it."

Doctors advise sensitive groups to reduce the amount of time they spend outdoors...which can be hard on many who love to take advantage of all the scenic beauty Idaho has to offer.

"And i'll tell you what it gets to you. It gets to you. Follow your doctors orders."

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