Wildfire smoke creating unhealthy air

Smoke from wildfires can cause unhealthy air. The Idaho Conservation League has created a worksheet so people can understand their health risks and make a plan.

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BOISE — The Idaho Conservation League has created a worksheet so people can understand their health risks when wildfire smoke creates poor air quality.

The Wildfire Smoke Protection Plan is available online at idahoconservation.org/air.

“Smoky summers due to wildfires are the norm throughout Idaho and the West, and with the growing impacts from climate change, this trend will only get worse,” said Josh Johnson, ICL’s conservation associate.

Smoke can cause serious health concerns, and such issues can arise long before a region fills with smoke, said a news release from ICL. Individuals, families and communities can prepare for these poor air quality days by creating their own plan based on ICL’s worksheet.

There’s no “one size fits all” approach, so ICL’s worksheet can be tailored. Some are more sensitive to air pollution than others due to medical conditions or from working outdoors. They may need to see a doctor or stop activity at lower levels of air pollution.

“The important thing is to create a plan that works for you and your family and stick to it when air pollution gets bad,” said Johnson.

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