As the Colockum Tarps Fire continues to bring a smoky haze into our valley please remember to monitor health conditions, especially with those who may be very young, the elderly, or those with pre-existing medical conditions.
The main health concern from short-term exposure to smoke comes from breathing small particles and gases. Eye and respiratory irritation (burning eyes and runny nose) are common symptoms of breathing smoke. More serious medical problems can occur in the young, the elderly, and people with heart, stroke, or lung problems. People with lung problems such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are especially susceptible to health problems from smoke. They should take special precautions to avoid breathing smoke.
For real time air quality monitoring in WA State please visit the Department of Ecology's website at: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/Default.htm