Wildfire Smoke

SmHazy skies over Aspen Mountainoke from wildfires is a significant source of air pollution and can impact air quality in our community even when a fire is miles away.

Anytime you see or smell smoke during a wildland fire, know that local air quality has been compromised.

Air Quality and Your Health

Smoke is made up of a complex mixture of gases and particles that can get into your eyes and respiratory system. This can irritate your lungs and lead to a range of symptoms like:

  • Watering and irritated eyes.
  • Coughing.
  • Wheezing.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Chest tightness or pain.

While smoke can impact anyone, sensitive populations such as children, pregnant people, the elderly, those that work or exercise outside, and those with asthma and other respiratory concerns are especially at risk during a smoke event. Determine the sensitivity you or your family members have with smoke by talking to your doctor.

Be Prepared for Wildfire Smoke

Wildfire smoke can travel long distances, so even far away fires can impact local air quality and health. The best way to understand the risks is to be aware of your local air quality and take steps ahead of time to prepare for smoke.

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