Smoke from wildfires has become a recurring seasonal air quality hazard in the Puget Sound Region. In 2018, wildfire smoke led to 24 days of poor air quality. Based on current drought and forest conditions, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources believes we may see a record number of wildfires in 2019.
Smoke from wildfires can be hazardous to the health of our community members, especially people with heart disease or breathing problems, pregnant women, people over the age of 65, and children. Annual preparations for wildfire smoke impacts can help Puget Sound residents mitigate the effect of wildfire smoke on their health and daily routines.
Community member are encouraged to regularly check the air quality in their area and use activity guidelines provided by the Washington State Department of Health to ensure safety during periods of poor air quality.
Check air quality and learn more about being prepared: