By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Air pollution levels in Franklin County have returned to a Stage 1 unhealthy category because of a high-pressure system that is forecast to remain over the area until at least Thursday. This has triggered wood-stove restrictions and a ban on open burning for Franklin County.
These burn bans will remain in effect until air quality improves, according to Melissa Gibbs, airshed coordinator for the Department of Environmental Quality in Pocatello. She said the DEQ will continue to monitor particulate matter levels and will post updates daily via their website and email listserv.
Weather forecast models indicate a weak storm should move through the area on Thursday. But it is uncertain at this time if it will be strong enough to clean the air. If not, another storm is expected on Sunday that may improve air quality.
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