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Posted on: July 11, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

Con Fire Marsh Fire 7.11.2022

Smoke from wildfires is affecting air quality in Contra Costa County. If you smell smoke, stay indoors and close the windows. Learn more about protecting yourself, children, and the elderly.

Exposure to smoky air can make anyone feel unwell, coughing, scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, shortness of breath, chest pain, headaches, stinging eyes, or runny nose. Healthy people exposed to smoky air for a few days to a few weeks are unlikely to experience long-term health impacts.

Call your healthcare provider if your symptoms are severe or worsening.

  • People who have asthma or a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), such as emphysema
  • People who have heart disease or high blood pressure
  • Pregnant women and young children
  • Older adults

Visit for more info and tips on smoke protection. Get updates on Twitter: @CCCounty and @ContraCostaFire.

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