Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.
EPA recommends preventing lung cancer by testing your home for Radon. This week marks the beginning of National Radon Action Month. Every January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urges everyone across the United States to test their homes for radon gas. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can seep into homes from the ground and, in some cases, well water supply. Contact Polk County Environmental Health for low cost radon test kits. (515)286-3705
The Des Moines National Weather Service has produced a weather briefing concerning critical fire weather conditions over much of western and northwest Iowa. Elsewhere, elevated fire weather conditions will exist for today. No open burning recommened in Polk County.
Due to Covid-19 Pandemic Polk County is closing office and facilities to the public. We are continuing with our daily operations and providing services, but with adjustments to how we interact with our clients and the public.
Western wildfire smoke reaches Iowa but likely poses little threat. https://t.co/dimgD8uDbK
We'll continue to see hazy skies today as smoke from the western US wildfires makes it to the Midwest. https://t.co/E0oT4xI5WI
With devastating wildfires in the western US, the smoke is forecast to move into Iowa late tonight and throughout Monday and into Tuesday. We'll likely have hazy conditions along with a low potential for air quality issues. It should disperse as it moves east the next few days.
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A Burn Ban request has been approved by the State Fire Marshal for all of Polk County. The burn ban will go into effect beginning at 6am on Saturday, October 17th and will be in place until conditions allow the ban to be lifted.
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Elevated fire weather concern this afternoon with gusty west winds, warm temperatures, low relative humidity and dried out fuels. Fires could become uncontrollable and thus it is not recommended to burn today.
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Southwest winds will gust between 35 to 45 mph through the afternoon and early evening hours. When combined with relative humidity between 30 to 40 percent and nearly cured crops, this will elevate fire danger today. Any fires can spread quickly under these conditions, especially into cropland. Burning is not recommended under these conditions. Any loose objects should be secured.