Haze over the west side of the Wood River Valley is probably smoke, but it’s difficult to pinpoint where it’s coming from, a National Weather Service meteorologist said Monday morning.
Meteorologist Travis Wyatt said no weather phenomenon is currently causing haze from humidity over south-central Idaho. He said wind for the past few days has been blowing from the south and southwest, which could be bringing in smoke from a prescribed burn in southwestern Idaho, the Boundary Fire in southeastern Oregon and several fires in eastern California.
Wyatt said winds will shift Tuesday and be coming from the northwest, bringing in a cold front.
“By Wednesday morning, you should be clear of the smoke,” he said.
The closest wildfire to the valley is the Shady Fire, which has been burning slowly northwest of Stanley since it was ignited by lightning on July 10. The fire has burned 6,286 acres near the Seafoam Guard Station in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, about 12 miles east of the Boundary Creek launch site on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. According to the Salmon-Challis National Forest, fire activity is minimal, with the fire creeping and smoldering.
Due to difficulty of access and the fire’s location in a wilderness area, firefighters have not tried to put it out. Rather, it is being managed with a point-protection strategy, which protects specific assets without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire.