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Dr. Wood: Wildfire smoke will hurt your health, if you don’t take precautions

Breathing in smoke is bad for you, whether that smoke comes from cigarettes, wood stoves, or a burn pile in the back yard. In the heat of the Washington summer, however, there also are health effects from smoke related to wildfires. 2017 was a year of major wildfires in Washington state, and across the West. There are ongoing research efforts to better understand specific health impacts, but it is clear that the fine particles and toxins in wood smoke cause health problems for a wide variety of people.

How to stay safe when you're running or hiking a trail

Law enforcement and other experts suggest these tips on how to stay safe when you're running or hiking a trail.