Local Governments and the Public
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​The following documents and links provide information on air quality and wildfire-related issues. For information related to your specific health situation, contact your local physician.

Local governments operating a food facility should refer to the Wildfire Information for Operators of Food Services Establishment page for specific food facility operations information.

  • Air shelters: One-page handout providing an overview of the impacts of wildfire smoke on individual and on how to protect yourself through Clean Air Shelters.
  • Face mask use: One-page handout outlining the benefits and limitations of using face masks and respirators during smoky events and how to wear this protective equipment.
  • Smoky skies: Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) on how to protect one’s health during smoky events.
  • Wildfire: It’s effect on Drinking Water Quality.
  • Food safety after a fire: Basic food safety information for homeowners, outlining what foods should be discarded and what foods may be kept.
  • Fire retardants in source water: Precautions to take when water and food supplies have been affected by fire retardants
  • Current public water notifications: Searchable database identifying public water systems that are on a boil water notice, water quality advisory or other water notification.
  • Assessing sewage disposal systems for damage and repair: Information on how to contact an Authorized Person (AP) to assess and repair your system.
  • Sewage systems and flooding – Outlines safety, sanitation and clean-up of sewage systems during and after flooding.


As a step towards reconciliation, Interior Health acknowledges the land that we live, work, and play on as the traditional territories of the Dakelh Dene, Ktunaxa, Nlaka’pamux, Secwepemc, St’at’imc, Syilx and Tsilhqot’in peoples. It is with humility that we continue to strengthen our relationships with the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples of the interior.
MoH     PCQO