Idaho Department of Environmental Quality issues reminder about emissions during inversion conditions
When an inversion system occurs, colder, heavier air settles in while warm air sits above the inversion leading to air stagnation as the cold air and accumulating air pollution is trapped, DEQ said in a news release. A strong weather system is needed to move through the air and disperse pollution that builds up under the inversion.
"Remember, everyone plays an important part in keeping the air clean," Ralph Paul, DEQ’s Coeur d' Alene region airshed coordinator, said in the release.
"You can help people living in your home and your neighbors by paying attention to the local air quality advisories and committing to following a few simple clean burning guidelines. It’s everyone’s air — keep it clean," Paul said in the release.
Wood-stove users should follow guidelines to save money and reduce smoke in their communities, including burning the right materials, making sure wood is dry, allowing enough air to ensure proper combustion, watching some signals and getting the most heat out of their wood, DEQ said in the release.