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Wildfire information

Wildfires in Washington are on the rise due to increased temperatures and less precipitation. Wildfires threaten air quality, health, the environment, and the economy.

When wildfires occur, we notify the public of poor air quality that may impact their health and forecast smoke conditions. We do this in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the Washington Departments of Natural Resources and Health, and the National Weather Service. 

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Check the map below for wildfire and air quality conditions.

This map uses the Federal Air Quality Index (AQI). You may notice discrepancies in colors shown on this map and those reported on Washington's Air Monitoring Network. This is because Washington uses the Washington Air Quality Advisory (WAQA) index that is more protective of public health than the AQI. If in doubt as to which better represents public health risk, use the more stringent of the two (i.e., the map showing worse air quality).

You may also view a larger version of this Washington Smoke Information map and blog.

We are monitoring air quality

We use air monitors around the state to track air quality. Our network of monitors operate year round measuring air pollution. During wildfires we often add more monitors. Visit our air monitoring page to view air quality levels in your community and be sure to check for burn bans.
Reducing and preparing for climate impacts is one of our priorities. Learn more about how climate change affects our environment and increases our risk of wildfire.

Health effects of wildfire smoke

Wildfire smoke is made up of gases and particulate matter from burning trees and other plant materials. The gases and particles can be dangerous if inhaled. In wildfires, carbon monoxide is mainly a risk to people who work near smoldering areas. Smoke can irritate your eyes and worsen chronic heart and lung disease. The amount and length of smoke exposure, as well as a person's age and degree of susceptibility, play a role in determining if someone will experience smoke-related health problems. If you are experiencing serious symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
Who is at most risk Symptoms & how to get relief How to protect yourself How to protect pets and livestock Resources for schools and employers

Burn bans

We, and local clean air agency partners, issue air quality burn bans to protect public health when smoke pollution reaches unhealthy levels. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issues fire safety burn bans to reduce the chance of wildfire. Learn more about burn bans.

*Some visitors might notice intermittent discrepancies in colors shown on the map of air quality monitors above, and those reported on Washington's Air Monitoring Network that uses the Washington Air Quality Advisory (WAQA) index. This is because Washington's index is more protective of public health. If in doubt as to which better represents public health risk, use the more stringent of the two (i.e., the map showing worse air quality).