Looking at northern Utah's mid-week air quality forecast, there may be a couple ways to look at the state's "Life Elevated" motto.
One, head to the mountains elevations 6,500 feet and above recommended to escape the pollution-trapping valley inversions. Or, two, prolonged exposure to the worst air quality in the nation might just "elevate" your spirit as in a near-death, out-of-body experience.
"Red," or unhealthy air quality alerts were in place for Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Cache, Box Elder and Utah counties on Tuesday and again Wednesday. The Utah Division of Air Quality warned the elderly, young children and those with heart and lung ailments to avoid extended outdoor activity in those counties; drivers are urged to avoid travel or use mass transit and wood- and coal-burning stove use is restricted as well.