Category: Public Interest

Tracking Conditions: Wildfires

The Air Monitoring Center (AMC) is responsible for operating and maintaining an ambient air monitoring network to protect the health and welfare of the citizens of Utah.

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Symptoms: Wildfires

Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, headaches, stinging eyes or a runny nose. Smoke can make symptoms worse for those with heart or lung disease.

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Susceptibility: Wildfires

Individuals with heart or lung disease, such as congestive heart failure, angina, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, or asthma may experience health effects earlier and at lower smoke levels than healthy people.

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Smoke: Wildfires

Wildfire smoke is composed of a complex mixture of gases, fine particles, and water vapor that form when organic matter burns.

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Protection: Wildfires

Use Common Sense If it looks smoky outside, it’s probably not a good time to mow the lawn or go for a run. Children should play indoors. Take steps to keep indoor air as clean as possible. Keep windows and doors closed unless it is extremely hot outside. Run the air conditioner and keep the …

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Impact: Wildfires

Air Quality Visibility (in Miles) Particulate Matter Levels (1 hr. avg., parts per million) Cautionary Statement Good 10 miles 0-40 None Moderate 6 to 9 miles 41-80 Unusually sensitive individuals, including those with heart or respiratory disease, should pay attention to symptoms and should consider limiting prolonged or heavy exertion. Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups 3 …

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