Protect Yourself From Wildfires

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Dry conditions in parts of the United States increase the potential for wildfires in or near wilderness areas. Stay alert for wildfire warnings and take action to protect yourself and your family from wildfire smoke.

When wildfires burn in your area, they produce smoke that may reach your community. Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.

Who is at greatest risk from wildfire smoke?

  • People who have heart or lung diseases
  • Older adults
  • Children

Take steps to decrease your risk from wildfire smoke.

  • Prevent wildfires from starting
  • Check local air quality reports.
  • Listen and watch for news or health warnings about smoke.
  • Consult local visibility guides if they are available.
  • Keep indoor air as clean as possible.
  • Avoid activities that increase indoor pollution.
  • Evacuate from the path of wildfires.

For more detailed information about protecting yourself from wildfires, read “Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke.”

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Page last reviewed: June 11, 2014
Page last updated: June 11, 2014