Wildfires are unplanned fires that burn in natural areas like forests, grasslands, or prairies. These dangerous fires spread quickly and can devastate not only wildlife and natural areas but also communities.

Explore the following essential resources that offer crucial information on wildfires, ensuring the well-being of you, your family, and your pets during the extended wildfire seasons.

Current Wildfires & Air Quality Conditions
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What are the symptoms of exposure?
Smoke from wildfires could worsen your symptoms if you have a health condition. Even if you are a healthy person, you may still experience symptoms if smoke levels are high. 

In case of serious symptoms like difficulty breathing, dial 911 immediately. For individuals with heart or lung diseases experiencing worsening symptoms around smoke, it is important to contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Symptoms may be minor irritations to more serious, life-threatening complications such as: 

  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Burning Eyes
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chest Pain
  • Asthma Attacks
  • Irritated Sinuses
  • Runny Nose


Sore Throat

Chest Pain
Who is most at risk?

Sensitive populations include people aged 65+, babies & children, pregnant women, and people with health conditions. They are particularly susceptible to the adverse effects of wildfire smoke. 

Exposure to these pollutants can lead to respiratory problems, exacerbate existing health conditions, and increase the risk of cardiovascular issues. 

It is crucial for individuals in sensitive populations to stay informed, take necessary precautions, and follow local air quality advisories to protect their health during wildfire events.

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How do I make a 'clean air room'? 
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WA State Dept. of Natural Resources Tools: 
WA State Dept. of Health (DOH) Tools: 

Please note that the above health guidance documents aim to provide valuable information for local decision-making to protect public health. The WA State Department of Health (DOH) encourages the consideration of local factors and circumstances, including the duration of wildfire smoke in the area, when implementing these recommendations.

WA State Dept. of Ecology Tools
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