Residents Cautioned From Breathing Wildfire Smoke

Breathing in smoke from current wildfires in Nassau County, Florida can worsen asthma, other chronic respiratory or lung conditions.

Residents Cautioned From Breathing Wildfire SmokeFernandina Beach, FL – Smoky conditions are occurring in Nassau County from current wildfires in Florida. The smoke is coming from drifting wildfire smoke from counties to the south and west in Florida. The Nassau County Health Department and the Florida Department of Health (DOH) cautions citizens that wildfire smoke is a respiratory irritant that can cause a scratchy throat or irritated eyes and nose. Breathing in smoke can also worsen conditions such as asthma and other chronic respiratory or lung conditions. Persons should contact their medical provider if they feel they have difficulty breathing due to the smoke. Persons with underlying medical conditions such as allergies, sinus problems, asthma and chronic lung diseases (such as emphysema) should contact their medical provider if they have concerns about their condition.

Wildfire activity is being monitored by the Florida Forest Service, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). A map of the wildfires and the latest Information on the status of Florida wildfires can be obtained at the Florida Fire Service website at www.floridaforestservice.com/wildfire/information.html.

For questions or additional information, contact the Nassau County Health Department, Kim Geib, MSN, ARNP, Public Information Contact, 904-548-1800, ext. 5204.

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