Wildfires and Air Quality


Help Prevent Wildfires in our Area

The ongoing heat wave has kept responders busy putting out dry-weather related fires. Learn what you can do to help prevent bark and brush fires from igniting in our area by reading the tips below:

Home Care 

Remove dead plants, long grass, weeds, limbs and other dry debris from your home. Keep your gutters clear of pines needles and leaves. Relocate wood piles, propane tanks and other flammable materials away from your residence. Keep your lawn hydrated or short if it's brown. Homes built on slopes should mitigate dead and dry vegetation below and around the structure. Learn more today.


Before hitting the road, check your tire pressure, exposed wheel rims can throw sparks. It's also important to make sure metal objects like chains aren't dragging from your vehicle. Avoid driving on dry grass, a hot exhaust pipe can lead to a fire.


Dispose of smoking materials in proper receptacles and douse in water. Never toss items like cigarettes into planters, beauty bark or outside of your car window. 

If you experience a fire, call 9-1-1 once you are in a safe location away from the fire. See additional tips today and thank you for partnering with us in fire prevention. 

Air Quality

Wildfire smoke is toxic and can be especially harmful to children, babies, women who are pregnant, adults over 65 years of age and people with underlying health conditions like heart disease. When there is wildfire smoke visit psecleanair.org to check the air quality in your area.

Protect yourself from wildfire smoke by taking proper precautions like staying indoors, limiting physical activity and keeping indoor air clean. Learn more today. If your health gets worse, contact your physician. 

Wildfire Smoke Protection Fact Sheet