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Wildland Fire Air Quality

Wildland Fire Air Quality

Anytime you see or smell smoke during a wildland fire, know that local air quality has been compromised.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provides Wildfire Smoke Health Advisories and Smoke Forecasts along with more information and resources concerning health risks from wildland fires.

When smoke levels are high, even healthy people can experience coughing, irritated sinuses, shortness of breath, headaches, and more. More concerning is that these symptoms are more severe among people with existing respiratory conditions, small children, and our older adult population. Thankfully, there are simple ways you can protect yourself and your family. When smoke is present, stay indoors as much as possible, keep doors and windows closed, avoid outdoor activities, and possibly relocate temporarily to an area away from the smoke.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does smoke impact our respiratory system?
How can I protect the air quality inside my home or my vehicle during a wildland fire?
How is air quality monitored in Fort Collins?

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