Wildfires – Protect Yourself!

Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest

Smoke from wildfires can irritate the eyes and respiratory system, as well as aggravate or exacerbate chronic heart and lung diseases. Health and visibility impacts from the smoke could be experienced in all regions of the state. DHEC recommends individuals with respiratory health issues limit time spent outdoors to avoid the smoke. Keep windows and doors closed. If running an air conditioner, keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside.

General Information on Wildfires and Health

How Wildfires Affect the Health of Children

Protecting Your Pets in a Disaster

For Kids

For Firefighters and Other Emergency Responders

Cleaning Up After a Disaster

How Open Burning Can Lead to Wildfires


Disaster Preparedness