Wildfire Smoke Safety

forestry workersStay safe while working in smoky air

The Pacific Northwest farm and forestry workforce face the threat of overlapping exposures during the late harvest season. Essential work during the Covid-19 pandemic overlaps with extreme temperatures during summer heat waves, as well as wildfire smoke.

Exposure to wildfire smoke is associated with respiratory conditions and can exacerbate underlying asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A 2018 student-led PNASH research study found that nearly 3 out of 4 farmworkers in the Eastern Washington town of Mattawa reported being exposed to an unhealthy amount of wildfire smoke on the job, and 100% of respondents reported that they had little or no information about how to protect themselves from smoke.

Recommended resources for wildfire smoke safety

Fire Status Reports & Maps

Western Wildfire Incident Map
USFS Wildfire Map
NW Interagency Coord. Center
Natl. Interagency Fire Center

Air Quality Status

EPA Air Now Map
Air Quality Table

Smoke Safety Training for Workers

Western Center for Ag Health and Safety

Smoke and coronavirus

Washington Dept. of Health
University of Washington