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Elevated Fire Weather Conditions for Today
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Elevated Fire Weather Conditions for Today

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.

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10/14/2020

Covid-19 Office Closings
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Covid-19 Office Closings

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.

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4/30/2020

All of Polk County Under Burn Ban
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All of Polk County Under Burn Ban

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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10/16/2020

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Hazordous Weather Outlook for Portions of Central Iowa Today and Tonight

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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10/6/2020

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Gusty Winds and Elevated Fire Danger Today

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.

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10/5/2020

Western Wildfire Smoke Reaches Iowa
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Western Wildfire Smoke Reaches Iowa

Smoke from historic western forest fires have resulted in hazy skies across the nation this week but have not hampered Iowa's overall air quality, weather and environmental data showed Tuesday.

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9/16/2020

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US National Weather Service of Des Moines

We'll continue to see hazy skies today as smoke from the western US wildfires makes it to the Midwest.

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8/25/2020

Wildfire Smoke
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Wildfire Smoke

With the devastating wildfires in the western United States, the smoke is forecast to move into Iowa and much of the central CONUS beginning late tonight and throughout the day Monday and into Tuesday. We'll likely have some hazy conditions Monday along with a low potential for air quality issues. However, the smoke in the upper levels of the atmosphere and should be well dispersed as it moves east the next few days.

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8/24/2020

Post Storm Clean Up
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Post Storm Clean Up

POST-STORM CLEANUP The recent high wind event may require municipalities to provide post-storm cleanup services to their residents. Municipalities may submit application to Polk County Public Works – Air Quality Division for open burning of tree debris.

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8/11/2020

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Fireworks Smoke Triggers Air Quality Exceedances Over Holiday Weekend

Several Iowa monitoring sites recorded exceedances of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for fine particulate matter over the Fourth of July weekend. Exceedances of the standard were recorded in Des Moines, Davenport, and Muscatine on July 4, and in Des Moines and Clive on July 5.

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7/16/2020

DNR Safety Tips to Enjoy Fireworks
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DNR Safety Tips to Enjoy Fireworks

As much as we love fireworks displays, drifting smoke can cause breathing problems for some and large crowds may pose a risk this year. Click to learn more on safety tips to enjoy fireworks and protect sensitive people.

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6/29/2020

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New DNR Payment Portal for Title V Emission Fees

DNR launched a new online payment portal for facilities to pay annual Title V fees. Visit https://programs.iowadnr.gov/payments/ and search for the facility by EIQ number, facility name or ID.

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6/2/2020

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2019 Title V Emission Fees Due July 1st

2019 Title V emission fees due July 1, 2020

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5/21/2020

Special Weather Announcement
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Special Weather Announcement

Elevated fire weather conditions continue due to brisk winds and low relative humidity. Sites across Iowa have periodically reported gusts of 30 to 35 mph and very low dewpoints. Those with planned burns should exercise extreme caution or consider an alternative time to burn.

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5/8/2020

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American Lung Association Releases State of the Air Report for 2020

For 21 years, the American Lung Association has analyzed data from official air quality monitors to compile the "State of the Air" report.

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4/24/2020

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Air Quality Monitoring

Ambient Air Quality affects everyone. Children often play outside during hot, muggy summer afternoons. Their lungs are still developing, and they breathe more rapidly and inhale more air pollution per pound of body weight than adults.

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4/1/2020