WVDEP, state agencies actively watching for potential air quality issues due to wildfire smoke


Charleston, WV – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), Department of Health and Human Resources’ (DHHR) Bureau for Public Health (BPH), and Emergency Management Division (EMD) are actively watching for potential air quality issues for fine particulate matter as smoke from Canadian wildfires continues to impact areas along the East Coast.

According to AirNow.gov, unofficial air monitors indicate counties in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle are currently the most impacted in the state, with air quality index scores in the 151 to 200 range. 

Citizens are encouraged to check the AirNow website to see real time air quality data in their area.

Air quality in this range indicates that some members of the general public may experience health effects and members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.

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The rest of West Virginia is showing air quality index scores in the good (0-50) and moderate (51-100) ranges.

Per the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), citizens in areas with poor air quality are encouraged to limit their time outdoors and avoid strenuous activities. N-95 masks can help reduce smoke inhalation and potential health risks.

Click here​ for information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on protecting yourself from wildfire smoke. 

For more WVDEP news and information, go to https://dep.wv.gov. Also, connect with the agency on all social media platforms. Follow @DEPWV on Twitter, Like us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/depwv/, and find us on YouTube at Environment Matters.


Terry Fletcher
304-926-0499 ext. 49720