Dry weather in the Pacific Northwest could set the stage for a long and intense summer wildfire season, according to the Washington State Department of Health.

More wildfires create the potential for more smoke to drift into our region, increasing health risks for people of all ages. Already this spring, smoke from Canadian fires covered swaths of the eastern United States in an unhealthy haze.

Now is a perfect time to prepare your home and workplace for smoky days ahead. Keep in mind that some supplies, such as fans, filters, and air conditioners, could be more difficult to find as summer arrives. Learn more from Kitsap Public Health District on this Tips and Resources page or visit their Air Quality and Smoke Page.