Air Quality Awareness Week: "Wildfires and Air Quality Awareness”

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Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

Air Quality Awareness Week: "Wildfires and Air Quality Awareness”

Each summer brings about the unfortunate, but very real risk of wildfires that impact the American West, including Wyoming. Some wildfires are necessary for ecosystem health, but a single uncontained wildfire can burn thousands of acres – as well as produce smoke with significant particulate matter concentrations and other pollutants that can be hazardous to your health. High levels of particulate matter can lead to respiratory issues and aggravate existing health conditions, even if you are healthy. That is why it is so important for you to stay on top of potential wildfire impacts this summer. Wildfire awareness will help ensure a safer and more enjoyable summer for you and your family.

Did you know? Wyoming DEQ closely monitors wildfires that impact our state to keep you updated of the air quality in your area. The Wyoming Air Quality Monitoring Network website, www.wyvisnet.com, provides current air quality conditions and webcam pictures at locations across the Cowboy State. It’s just one of many resources you can use to stay in the know this summer.

Daily Challenge: Check out some of these great resources for wildfire awareness:

wyvisnet.com (Current air quality conditions in Wyoming)

https://wsfd.wyo.gov/fire-management/fire-information-updates/current-fires (Active fires in Wyoming)

https://www.nifc.gov/index.html (Active wildfires across the nation and 2020 fire season outlook)

https://www.fs.fed.us/managing-land/fire (Information on managing wildfires across the country)

Let’s stay “air aware” during wildfire season in 2020!

May 4-8 is National Air Quality Awareness Week, and the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is celebrating Wyoming’s clean air. Healthier air makes for a healthier you!