Wildfires – Protect Yourself!

Wildfires are a growing natural hazard in most regions of the United States. They pose a threat to life and property, particularly where native ecosystems meet populated areas.

Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest


Sometimes the secondary effects of wildfires, including changes in air and water quality, are more damaging to health than the fire itself.

Wildfires expose people, especially children and those with lung problems, to a number of environmental hazards, including the byproducts of burning wood, plastics, and chemicals released from burning structures and furnishings.

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has compiled this list of resources to help you protect yourself, your children, and your pets during and after a wildfire.

Any documents linked below are in pdf format.

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

Find information on DHEC's response and monitoring of the 2016 wildfires.


Disaster Preparedness