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 Protect Yourself from Smoke During Wildfire

Take steps to protect yourself during wildfires.

  • If you smell smoke, it is likely that it's at a level that is unsafe to breathe.
  • In areas where you smell smoke, it is advised that you limit physical activity and, if possible, stay indoors to limit your exposure.
  • If you are bothered by smoke or sensitive to it, you should move out of it until it clears up. You can shelter inside, but if it gets smoky inside, leaving is the best idea.
  • If you are advised to stay indoors, keep indoor air as clean as possible. Keep windows and doors closed unless it is extremely hot outside. Run an air conditioner if you have one, but keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside.

For the latest emergency updates in English and Spanish, visit, and download the SD Emergency app. If you are affected by the fire and need to talk to someone by phone about evacuations, shelters, road closures, or other non-emergency disaster-related services, call 2-1-1. If you are hearing impaired, dial 7-1-1 and ask to be connected to 858-300-1211.