COVID-19 and Wildfire Smoke
This wildfire season will again be especially challenging with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. There is concern about health impacts of wildfire smoke overlapping with COVID-19 because both impact respiratory and immune systems. Local COVID-19 restrictions may limit how we can reduce our exposure to wildfire smoke.
For public health and air quality officials: Guidance for wildfire smoke and COVID-19 during the 2021 wildfire season (PDF)
Inhaling wildfire smoke is not good for anyone, even healthy people. In 2018, the interagency Wildfire Smoke Impacts Advisory Group (PDF) formed to assist in developing fact-based materials for Washington. Below are resources for everyone as well as specific information for people who are especially sensitive to smoke.
Information on Wildfires and Smoke
Wildfire Smoke Guidance for Canceling Outdoor Events or Activities and Closing Schools: English
Washington Guide for Public Health Actions for Wildfire Smoke: English
Recommendations for wildfire smoke and COVID-19 during the 2021 wildfire season: English
Wildfire Response – Severe Smoke Episodes:
Smoke from fires can be dangerous flyers:
Fact Sheet for Families and Communities - Protecting Children from Wildfire Smoke and Ash, July 2018, PEHSU: English