With wildfires comes unhealthy smoke

There is a haze of wildfire smoke from the Fish wildfire
There is a haze of wildfire smoke from the Fish wildfire(Humberto Giles-Sanchez)
Updated: Aug. 6, 2022 at 10:00 AM CDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - With hotter temperatures,’ wildfires become easier to ignite.

And with wildfires comes thick smoke that can have an affect on the overall health of the community. The composition that wildfire smoke commonly consists of is carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and volatile organic compounds. A public information official for the Bureau of Land Management says there are precautions people should take to make sure that they stay safe.

“Along with the smoke being heavy in the area, people can stay indoors shut their windows, run their air conditioner if they have just to keep from breathing in all the smoke,” said Kim Hemenway.

The Black Hills is expected to experience some haze from wildfire smoke around the area.

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