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Wildfire information

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. 

Check the map below for current wildfire and air quality conditions.

Inter-agency wildfire and smoke monitoring website. This map uses the Federal Air Quality Index (AQI).*

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.

Health effects of wildfire smoke

Smoke may worsen symptoms for people who have pre-existing health conditions and those who are particularly sensitive to air pollution. 

Sensitive groups include: 
  • People with lung diseases such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including bronchitis and emphysema.
  • People with respiratory infections, such as pneumonia, acute bronchitis, bronchiolitis, colds, or flu.
  • People with existing heart or circulatory problems, such as dysrhythmias, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, and angina.
  • People with a prior history of heart attack or stroke.
  • Infants and children under 18 because their lungs and airways are still developing and they breathe more air per pound of body weight than adults.
  • Older adults (over age 65) because they are more likely to have unrecognized heart or lung diseases.
  • Pregnant women because both the mother and fetus are at increased risk of health effects.
  • People who smoke because they are more likely to already have lower lung function and lung diseases.
  • People with diabetes because they are more likely to have an undiagnosed cardiovascular disease.
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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).