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Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 2:15 pm

Winds from the east and southeast are bringing smoke from forest fires in Idaho and Montana into the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and surrounding areas.

Amber Rand, acting air quality manager for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality at Lewiston, said most of the smoke is likely coming from the 27,000-acre Saddle Complex fires on the Salmon, Challis and Bitterroot national forests. The 2,200-acre fire in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area could also be contributing to the smoky conditions.

Rand said the department is monitoring air-quality conditions at Moscow, Genesee, Lewiston and Grangeville.

“We are in the upper good to moderate range and we are keeping an eye on it,” she said. “People who are sensitive to smoke or particulates, they should probably limit outdoor activity.”

Neither the department nor the Nez Perce Tribe have issued any crop burning permits today.

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