Dr. Rakel Kling Northwest Medical Health Officer Northern Health

Wildfire preparedness

March 22, 2019 - 9:49am

Forest fire season will be starting soon. It’s important to be prepared ahead of time to stay healthy when our air quality is affected by wildfires – in other words, before the smoke hits.

What is wildfire smoke?

Wildfire smoke is a complex mixture of different pollutants that can change rapidly; it depends on what is being burned, where the actual fire is burning, and current weather conditions. This includes very small particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs, causing irritation and an immune response.