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Air Quality and Emergencies


Smoke from wildfires can affect the air that you breathe. Use these resources to protect your family’s health if there’s a wildfire in your area.

Burning Debris

Sometimes, emergency professionals need to burn large amounts of debris (waste) after natural disasters, like hurricanes and floods. The smoke from these fires can affect air quality and harm your health.


When volcanoes erupt, they release ash and harmful gases that can make it hard to breathe. Find out how to stay safe during and after a volcanic eruption.

Learn more about substances that can be released into the air during a volcanic eruption: