Wildfire Smoke

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What is in Wildfire Smoke?

Wildfire smoke is a complex mixture of carbon dioxide, water vapor, carbon monoxide, particles, hydrocarbons and other organic chemicals, nitrogen oxides, and trace minerals. Fine particles are the principal pollutant of concern from wildfire smoke for short-term exposures (hours to weeks). (Source: AirNow.gov)

Why is this Important?

Wildfire smoke can be extremely harmful to the lungs, especially for children, older adults and those with asthma, COPD and bronchitis or a chronic heart disease or diabetes. The particle pollution triggers asthma attacks, heart attacks and strokes, and can kill. (Source: American Lung Association)

How can I better prepare for a wildfire smoke outbreak?

Click here to learn how to limit your exposure to wildfire smoke
Click here to learn how to prepare for a wildfire and for recovering afterwards
Click here to learn more about protecting yourself from wildfire smoke with updated tips during COVID-19
Click here for a downloadable infosheet on the health effects of wildfire smoke