The 2019 update to the document Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials (Wildfire Smoke Guide) is now available on the AirNow website at link www.airnow.gov/wildfire-guide. The 2019 Wildfire Smoke Guide provides public health officials with the information they need to prepare for smoke events and, when wildfire smoke is present, to communicate health risks and take measures to protect public health. It has been updated especially with respect to preparedness, exposure reduction strategies, and ash clean-up.
Wildfire are increasing in magnitude and frequency, and these events create smoke episodes in locations hundreds and even thousands of miles away. The Wildfire Smoke Guide can help public health and air quality agencies provide advice to the public on strategies to limit exposure to smoke during wildfires and protect their health. This document is the product of a multi-agency collaboration by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (COEHHA), United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Forest Service (FS).