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Frequently asked questions about wildfire smoke and public health
Preguntas frecuentes sobre el humo de incendios forestales y la salud pública
Our thoughts are with individuals and families impacted by fires in and around Tillamook county. We support our first responder personnel who are working hard to keep us all safe with the pike road fire and other incidents. Be cautious when traveling, see the newest news release from ODOT on smoky travel conditions:
Follow Tillamook County Sheriff’s page for updates on the fire(s):
Stay safe as the poor air quality impacts people with asthma, breathing conditions, and allergies. As always wear your mask, wash your hands and keep your distance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
We know you may be concerned about fires in and around Tillamook County and about the County and Health Center response.
To stay updated on activity related to the Pike Road fire, go the Sheriff’s Office webpage or Facebook page. To stay current with changing conditions and emergency updates, register with Nixle by texting your zip code to: 888777, which will immediately register you to receive the notices. This service is avaiaible in Spanish as well, by replying “ESP” when you receive the confirmation that you are registered.
It is also recommended to register with Tillamook 911 to receive local emergency notices at tillamook911.com
As part of the county emergency response for public health, we work with the TCCHC Emergency Management, and Gordon McGraw.
The Tillamook County Commissioners held press conferences through out the emergency response; links in English and Spanish will be available soon.
Oregon Health Authority has a dedicated page for wildfires in Oregon with resources in multiple languages including English and Spanish, please visit their site here: https://wildfire.oregon.gov
As smoke from recent wildfires continues to impact the surrounding air quality, please continue to take care of yourselves and those around you. Here are some tips from Oregon Health Authority:
• Stay indoors as much as possible; limit activity outdoors.
• If you have heart or lung disease or respiratory illnesses such as asthma, follow your health care provider’s advice about prevention and treatment of symptoms.
• Reduce other sources of smoke, such as cigarette smoking and wood-burning stoves, for example.
• Check current air quality conditions. Go to oregonsmoke.blogspot.com to find the current air quality and wildfire smoke resources.
• Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water.
Remember that while cloth masks and face coverings do not protect you from wildfire smoke, they do offer protection against COVID-19. N95 respirators may offer some protection if properly fit-tested and worn. Otherwise, they may create a false sense of security. N95s are not available in children’s sizes.
In addition some symptoms of COVID-19 and exposure to smoke may seem the same, see the infographic to learn more about the difference and visit healthoregon.org/wildfires for more information on how to stay safe with wildfires and smoke.