Smoke and Your Health
Humo y su Salud
Washington State Department of Health 
Exposure to wildfire smoke can cause health problems. Some symptoms include:
  • burning eyes
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • coughing
  • wheezing
  • shortness of breath
  • worsening of heart and lung conditions
The possibility for high levels of smoke to worsen symptoms or trigger health effects for the people with heart disease or lung disease is especially a concern because this can be life-threatening. Sensitive groups include:
  • people with heart and lung disease
  • people with respiratory infections
  • people with diabetes
  • infants and children
  • pregnant women
  • people over 65
How to protect you and your family's health from outdoor smoke.
How can I tell if smoke is affecting the air quality in my community.
Recommendations on the use of face masks during a wildfire event.
Recommendations for recess, P.E., and athletic events and practices at schools during smoky conditions.

Recommendations for schools and buildings with mechanical ventilation.
Mobile Phone Apps
  • EPA's "Smoke Sense" Get current and location-specific information about smoke, learn about health impacts, and participate in a citizen science project.
  • EPA's AirNow" Get current and location-specific information about air pollution (PM2.5 and ozone). 
Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units
US Environmental Protection Agency
US Centers for Disease Control


Humo y su

Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington
Información sobre los efectos de salud del humo y saber cómo protegerse uno mismo y a su familia.

Preguntas frecuentes sobre el humo de incendios forestales. 
Recomendaciones en cómo usar máscaras que cubren la cara durante los incendios forestales.
Recomendaciones para recreos, educación física y eventos atléticos y prácticas en la escuela cuando hay humo en el aire.

Recomendaciones para las escuelas y los edificios con ventilación mecánica. 
Departamento de Ecología del Estado de Washington
Centrol para el control y la Prevención de Enfermedades
Preparación y respuesta ante emergencias.


  1. If you are a relatively healthy person, is there any long term effects of breathing all this smoke for these extended periods. thank you

  2. Matt Kadlec - WA EcologyAugust 15, 2018 at 11:36 AM

    Respiratory symptoms and illness events among people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are commonly associated with wildland fire smoke. A few studies have also found associations with cardiovascular health impacts. Wildfire smoke also affects otherwise healthy people, especially very young and old people. For example, smoke alters immunity, predisposing children to acute lower respiratory tract infections. Smoke probably causes lung inflammation in everyone regardless of their age and health status. There’s not much research on long-term effects of wildfire smoke, but repeated smoke exposures in firefighters can cause chronic lung and systemic inflammation, which may contribute to development of respiratory diseases.


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