American Lung Association in California Statement On Colby Fire

Los Angeles, CA (January 18, 2014)

Wildfires like the Colby fire in Los Angeles are hazardous for everyone, but especially the most vulnerable residents suffering from asthma or other lung diseases.  Tiny soot particles in wildfire smoke can trigger symptoms ranging from wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath to asthma attacks, respiratory emergencies, heart attacks and strokes.  

The American Lung Association in California recommends that residents near the Colby fire use caution and avoid smoke exposure whenever possible.   For the most vulnerable residents, including those with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, heart disease and other chronic conditions, we urge them to monitor their breathing and call their physician immediately if problems develop.  Children are particularly vulnerable to pollution exposure due to their developing lungs and faster rate of breathing, and should avoid exercising outdoors in smoky areas.  

Residents who have questions about their lung health and smoke impacts can check the smoke tips on our website at or call our Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872).