Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials — 2019 Update Now Available!

Wildfire smoke events can occur without warning, but we can be prepared. The recently released 2019 version of Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials provides state, tribal and local public health officials with information they need to be prepared for smoke events and, when wildfire smoke is present, to communicate health risks and take measures to protect the public.

  • Use the Guide to learn more about—
  • The health effects of wildfire smoke and who is most at risk
  • Air quality conditions and what they mean for your community

Strategies for reducing smoke exposure

The health effects of wildfire smoke and who is most at risk
Air quality conditions and what they mean for your community
Strategies for reducing smoke exposure

Although developed for public health officials, Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials is useful to many others, including health professionals, air quality officials and members of the public. The Guide’s accompanying fact sheets make it easy to communicate the information to the public. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Wildfires and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) webpage provides more information about how wildfires affect IAQ and what you can do at home to protect your family’s health.

The 2019 version of the Guide is the product of an interagency collaboration that includes the California Air Resources Board, California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Forest Service and EPA. This version includes updates related to preparedness, exposure reduction strategies and ash cleanup, both indoors and outdoors.

For current fire conditions and additional resources on wildfires and smoke, visit AirNow Fires: Current Conditions.

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