Wildfire & Smoke
Breathing in wildfire smoke by itself can produce harmful health effects. These range from minor symptoms such as eye, nose, and throat irritation or headaches, to more severe symptoms like shortness of breath, chest tightness, asthma attacks and worsening existing chronic conditions.
With the resources below, learn what the air quality is in your community and how to protect yourself from wildfire smoke.
Air Quality Conditions and Wildfires
- Washington Smoke Information shows current air quality conditions and wildfire locations
- Inciweb is an all-risk incident information management system that helps the public obtain relevant information
- Northwest Interagency Coordination Center provides detailed information about current wildfire events
- AirNow provides monitoring data from agencies across the country.
- What to do before a wildfire or when wildfire threatens
- Air Quality Values - Comparison Chart
- Air Pollution and School Activity Guide provides recommendations for activity restrictions
- Guidance for Public Health Actions based on air quality conditions
- Protecting Children From Wildfire Smoke and Ash
- How to Create a Clean Room to protect indoor air quality during a wildfire event
- How to Build a Box Fan Filter to improve indoor air quality (YouTube video by Colville Tribes Air Quality Program)
- Air Cleaning Devices for the Home by California EPA Air Resources Board
- Wildfire Smoke and Face Masks
- Summary Guidance for cancelling outdoor public events and activities due to wildfire smoke
- Wildfire Some and Voluntary Use of N95 Masks at Work from Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
- Framework for Protecting Commercial Building Occupants from Smoke During Wildfire Events by ASHRAE
School Related Recommendations and Guidance
- Summary Guidance for school closures, children's outdoor activities cancellation due to wildfire smoke
- Improving Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality During Wildfire Smoke Events recommendations for schools and buildings with mechanical ventilation