Smoke from wildfires has moved into Tooele Valley leaving a haze that obscures mountain views from the valley floor.
While acknowledging that wildfire smoke may cause high concentrations of particulates in populated areas, the Utah Division of Air Quality reported moderate air quality in Tooele County on Monday. The division’s forecast for Tuesday is also moderate with good air quality expected on Wednesday.
Good and moderate air quality calls for no restrictions on activity, according to the DAQ.
However, the DAQ’s website for Tooele County carries the following caution: “If smoke becomes thick, persons with existing heart or respiratory ailments should reduce physical exertion and outdoor activity.”
The Tooele County Health Department also advised that anybody experiencing respiratory difficulty to restrict their activity during times of impaired air quality.
“It’s good general advice that people with heart or respiratory problems should restrict activity, especially outdoors, if they are experiencing problems that may be related to air quality,” said Amy Bate, spokesperson for the health department.
Current air quality and a three-day forecast for Tooele County may be viewed at the DAQ’s website, air.utah.gov.