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Wildfire smoke contains many air pollutants that are of concern for health, including particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and ozone. Particulate matter from wildfires has been linked to adverse health outcomes, especially respiratory problems and asthma.  Children, the elderly, and persons with chronic respiratory conditions are especially at risk from wildfire smoke.

Protect Yourself During a Wildfire

During a wildfire event, the first things you should protect are yourself and your loved ones. If you are ordered to evacuate your home or the area, do so immediately. All else is secondary.

Top Tips

When a wildfire is threatening your area, follow these guidelines:

  • Listen to local area radio, or TV stations for the latest wildfire information.
  • Be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice.
  • Make sure you have an emergency kit, complete with medications, copies of prescriptions and medical supplies.
  • Track fires and find open shelters.
  • Arrange to stay with family or friends outside the threatened area.

For more information, visit these websites:

California Wildfires Statewide Recovery Resources

The American Red Cross

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Health Precautions during Wildfires - (link to FAQs)

AirNow: Fires - Current Conditions and Fact Sheets

CalEPA Fire Response and Recovery

Research Papers

Conference Presentations


Protect Yourself and Your Home During Wildfire

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