Wildfires & Air Quality

smoke filled sky

Air Quality


Dry conditions in Idaho increase the potential for wildfires in or near wilderness areas. Stay alert for wildfire warnings and take action to protect yourself and your family from wildfire smoke.

Who is at Greatest Risk from Wildfire Smoke?


People who have heart or lung diseases, like congestive heart failure, angina, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (including emphysema), or asthma, are at higher risk from wildfire smoke. Older adults are also more likely to be affected by smoke. This may be due to their increased risk of heart and lung diseases.

Additionally, children are more likely to be affected by health threats from smoke because their airways are still developing and they breathe more air per pound of body weight than adults, and children often spend more time outdoors engaged in activity and play.

Breathing in smoke can have immediate health effects, including:
Coughing
Trouble breathing normally
Stinging eyes
A scratchy throat
Runny nose
Irritated sinuses
Wheezing and shortness of breath
Chest pain
Headaches
An asthma attack
Tiredness
Fast heartbeat


Protecting Your Health

Wildfire Smoke Health Concerns: Frequently Asked Questions
Community Guide for Staying Healthy During Wildfire Smoke Events
Activity Guidelines for Wildfire Smoke Events: Recommendations for Schools and Others Responsible for Children During a Wildfire Smoke Event

Additional Resources