Late season US wildfires choke cities towns with smoke

first_imgBOISE, Idaho — Heavy winter snow and a very wet spring for the Western U.S. generated predictions the 2017 wildfire season would be tame. But it’s shaping up to be one worst in U.S. history in land burned.Across the region, smoky haze in cities and towns prevented people from going outside except for short periods and prompted potential bans of high school football games. In some areas where homes have burned, people have stayed in makeshift shelters for weeks.Some of the biggest fires this year started in early September, when the wildfire season usually starts winding down.A look at the impact of the fires across the region:IDAHOHigh school soccer games have been canceled this week because of smoky air — and now football stadiums could remain vacant for the biggest games this Friday night.That’s because Idaho air quality is so bad in some places that children and teens must be kept indoors and activities like football and soccer must be avoided, said the state Department of Health and Welfare.“There would be a lot of disappointed kids and disappointed parents if games are canceled,” said Kathleen Tuck, spokeswoman for the Nampa School District in southwestern Idaho. “But our top priority is the safety of our students.”last_img read more