For CDPH guidance on preparing for wildfire, visit the Emergency Preparedness Office (EPO) Wildfires webpage.
The Environmental Health Investigations Branch has studied health impacts related to wildfire smoke exposure. 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, such as respiratory problems and asthma. Children, the elderly, and persons with chronic respiratory conditions are especially at risk from wildfire smoke.
Publications and Presentations
Protect Yourself and Your Home During Wildfire (EPO webpage)
Wildfire Smoke: Considerations for California's Public Health Officials (2019|PDF)
Indoor Air Filtration (2018|PDF)
Reduce Your Smoke Exposure (2018|PDF)
Protect Yourself from Ash (2018|PDF)
Protect Your Lungs from Wildfire Smoke or Ash (2018|PDF)
Protecting Children from Wildfire Smoke and Ash (2018|PDF)
Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials (2019|PDF)