Doctors warn of long term impacts from smoke

Doctors warn of long term impacts from smoke »Play Video

YAKIMA, Wash. -- As the fires get contained the smokey air is starting to clear.

However doctors still want you to be cautious of long term effects.
Too much exposure can cause problems for people who have trouble breathing.

Regional Hospital says the ER averaged about 25 more visits a day.

Experts say most symptoms show up within a few days but there can be long term effects.

"Within forty days it also goes up significantly and then the long term risks includes, if it was daily exposure, can include lung cancers and lung diseases," said Regional Hospital Cardiologist, Jesse Cone.

The best way to avoid the smoke hazard is to simply stay inside.

You can get the government's daily air-quality reports at this link.