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Tue July 26, 2011
State health official reminds people to be wary of forest fire smoke
By Rebecca Martinez
Cody, WY – The Wyoming Department of Health wants residents to protect themselves from smoke as wildfires blaze across the state. State epidemiologist Dr. Tracy Murphy says that even if the fires near the Washakie Wilderness, between Cody and Dubois, and near Newcastle, in eastern Wyoming, are far away don't pose an obvious threat, smoke and haze could damage people's eyes and exacerbate heart and lung conditions.
"We would expect people could feel the effects of these wildfires and smoke for, you know, dozens of miles and 100 miles or more isn't unheard of."
Murphy said people who know of smoke in their area or detect symptoms should limit time outdoors, and avoid additional exposure, like smoking or burning candles or wood. If problems persist, Murphy says that people should temporarily go somewhere with better air quality.