Wildfires from neighboring states and provinces can impact our air quality when smoke drifts
into our area. Resource guides, factsheets, and graphics are included below with information
on how to protect yourself and loved ones during episodes of wildfire smoke.
Fine particles are respiratory irritants, and exposures to high concentrations can cause persistent cough, phlegm, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. Exposures to fine particles can also affect healthy people, causing respiratory symptoms, transient reductions in lung function, and pulmonary inflammation.
Particulate matter may also affect the body’s ability to remove inhaled foreign materials, such as pollen and bacteria, from the lungs.
Short-term exposure (i.e., days to weeks) to fine particles, a major component of smoke, are associated with increased risk of premature mortality and aggravation of pre-existing respiratory and cardiovascular disease.Wildfire Smoke Guide, A Guide for Public Health Officials, revised 2019
Create a Clean Air Space
PDF Factsheet: Reduce Your Smoke Exposure
Protect Your Pets from Wildfire Smoke
PDF Factsheet: Protect Your Pets from Wildfire Smoke
PDF Factsheet: Protect Your Large Animals and Livestock from Wildfire Smoke
Monitoring Air Quality and Wildfires
- Current air quality monitoring at sites in Wisconsin
- EPA’s AirNow Smoke and Fire interactive map
- US interagency InciWeb incident website of current wildfires
Return to the Mashkiiziibii Natural Resource Department’s Air Office webpage.
For contact information, please see the Natural Resources department contact list on the department home page.