Recovering from the California wildfires. Preliminary estimates of the damages from insured losses attributed to the Camp and Woolsey fires in California range from $9 billion to $13 billion, according to RMS. (Photo: Shutterstock)

During a wildfire, innumerable toxic chemicals, poisonous gases, heavy metals and other toxins are generated by the burning materials, household products and vegetation. These contaminants fill the air, become part of the ash, and are extremely dangerous to your health if they are inhaled or come in contact with your skin. Individuals who need to enter an area affected by fire or smoke should consider the following safety tips:

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