Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials (Revised 2008)
Document Type: Guide / Handbook / Manual / Protocol
Author(s): Michael Lipsett; Barbara L. Materna; Susan Lyon Stone; Shannon Therriault; Robert Blaisdell; Jeff Cook
Publication Year: 2008

Cataloging Information

  • air quality
  • health effects
  • PM10
  • PM2.5
  • public health
  • respirator
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Record Last Modified: April 14, 2023
FRAMES Record Number: 15584


Smoke rolls into town, blanketing the city, turning on streetlights, creating an eerie and choking fog. Switchboards light up as people look for answers. Citizens want to know what they should do to protect themselves. School officials want to know if outdoor events should be cancelled. The news media want to know how dangerous the smoke really is. Smoke events often catch us off guard. This guide is intended to provide local public health officials with information they need when wildfire smoke is present so they can adequately communicate health risks, and precautions to the public. This guide is the product of a collaborative effort by scientists, air quality specialists and public health professionals from federal, state, and local agencies.

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Link to this document (379 KB; pdf)
Lipsett, Michael; Materna, Barbara; Stone, Susan Lyon; Therriault, Shannon; Blaisdell, Robert; Cook, Jeff. 2008. Wildfire smoke: a guide for public health officials. California Department of Public Health, US Environmental Protection Agency, California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Missoula County Health Department, California Air Resources Board. 53 p.