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Wildfire Smoke

Wildfire Smoke Resources:

Guidance for schools, coaches, outdoor events

Spokane Regional Health District: FAQs about wildfire smoke

Washington Wildfire Smoke Information Blog

Washington State Department of Health wildfire smoke resources

Protect Your Pets from Wildfire Smoke

Create a Cleaner Air Room in your home to protect indoor air

Improving Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality during Wildfire Smoke Events

Do-it-yourself Home Air Filter

EPA Guide to Air Cleaners in the home

List of California certified indoor air cleaning devices

Table of days (1999-current) when smoke caused unhealthy air quality 


Wildfire Smoke

Like much of the western U.S., our region has seen an increase in the number of unhealthy air quality days caused by wildfire smoke. During three of the last four years, smoke from wildfires resulted in 42 days of unhealthy air in the Spokane County metro area.

Wildfire  Season  

# of days smoke from wildfires failed to meet federal, health-based air quality standards

2019 2
2018  13
2017  16
2016 0
2015 13
2014 1
2013 0
2012 2
2011 0
2010 1

Wildfire smoke can travel hundreds, even thousands, of miles from a fire causing significant air pollution events. Fine particles in smoke can pose a health threat particularly for children, older adults and people with heart or lung disease. Though healthy individuals are not usually at major risk from short-term exposures, it's important for everyone's health to reduce exposure where possible.

While we can't predict what the smoke impacts will be this summer, we can be prepared. Below are some recommendations and on the left are links to additional resources.

Because we may experience significant smoke again, it’s wise to be prepared. Our partner, the Spokane Regional Health District, provides health-related information about wildfire smoke as well as home and emergency preparedness steps.

Check out Frequently-asked questions for helpful information about wildfire smoke.


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