Smoke From Wildfires - Toolkit

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 (PDF)

Stay up-to-date on the current COVID-19 situation in Washington. See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

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

Smoke blog - English / Spanish

Health Recommendations

Washington Air Quality Guide for Particle Pollution: English / Spanish / Arabic / Chinese SimplifiedChinese Traditional / Korean / Punjabi / Russian / Somali / Tagalog / Ukrainian / Vietnamese

Washington Air Quality Guide for School Child Care Activities: English / Spanish

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: English

Wildfire Response – Severe Smoke Episodes:

Smoke from fires can be dangerous flyers:

Face mask fact sheet: English / Spanish

L&I: Wildfire Smoke and Voluntary use of N95 Masks at Work: English / Spanish

Know the Symptoms flyer: Spanish | Arabic | Chinese | Korean | Punjabi | Russian | Somali | Tagalog | Ukrainian | Vietnamese

Fact Sheet for Families and Communities - Protecting Children from Wildfire Smoke and Ash, July 2018, PEHSU: English

Smoke From Fires Webpage in Other Languages

화재 연기 (Korean)

Дым от пожаров (Russian)

Qiiqa Ka imaanayo Dabka (Somali)

Usok Mula Sa Apoy (Tagalog)

Дим від пожеж (Ukrainian)

Khói Từ Các Đám Cháy (Vietnamese)

燃烧烟雾 (Chinese)