AFD warns of wildfire smoke and possible health impacts

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ANCHORAGE, ALASKA (KTUU) After yesterday’s smoke from the East Fork Fire drifting into Anchorage the cities fire department is reminding residents to review family disaster preparedness and evacuation plans.

They are also warning of potential health risks associated with the smoke.

The Anchorage Fire Department says smoke from wildfires across the state can easily drift into the city and can contain a mixture of gases from burning trees.

They say those most at risk include residents with chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma, and those with cardiovascular disease.
Older adults are more likely to be affected due to increased risk of such diseases.

Children can also be affected as their respiratory system continues to develop.

Staying indoors, avoiding strenuous outdoor exercise, and wearing protective clothing can help reduce your risk from wildfire smoke.