|The Milli Fire outside Sisters, August 2017.|
Frequently Asked Questions about Wildfire Smoke and Public Health – Learn more about why wildfire smoke affects health and steps you can take to protect yourself and family.
Wildfires and Air Quality – This webpage from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality provides resources on wildfires and air quality including how to assess smoke levels near you and information on how wildfire smoke affects health.
Using Visibility to Estimate Health Effects – Learn how to make visual observations using the 5-3-1 visibility index, a simple way of estimating smoke levels and what precautions to take.
Wildfire Preparedness – Learn about current wildfires, wildfire smoke conditions, and what you can do to reduce the health effects of wildfire smoke from the Oregon Health Authority.
For educators and parents
For animal owners
Your pets can be affected by wildfire smoke. Smoke can irritate your pet’s eyes and respiratory tract. Animals with heart or lung disease and older pets are especially at risk from smoke and should be closely watched during all periods of poor air quality, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA and the American Veterinary Association have guidance for pet owners and owners of large animals and livestock.
Respirator Safety – Training video from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.