Smelling smoke today? We are too! Here’s why.

Pagami Creek fire

Pictured above is a photo from the Pagami Creek forest fire in northern Minnesota, 432 miles away from Sherman Hospital. Yet the fire has been so intense that Chicago’s suburbs are now draped with a smoky haze.

For more incredible photos of the forest fire, click here.

While the smoke in the sky is nowhere near as severe as, say, that of the smoke inside a burning house, it’s still wise to take precautions. Also, please remember that Sherman has Immediate Care locations close to home, throughout the Fox Valley.

Pagami Creek fire 2

You will almost certainly be perfectly fine as the forest fire smoke dissipates. But in case you’re feeling under the weather, here are the symptoms of smoke inhalation.

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hoarseness or noisy breathing
  • Off color-eyes or skin
  • Headache
  • Changes in mental status (confusion, fainting)

If you experience a prolonged period with any of these symptoms, it may be time to seek medical attention. Learn more about Sherman Immediate Care here.


  1. Aslana


    Ohh thanks for this information, I was wondering where that was coming from, I just thought it was a government social biological test they were talking about

  2. Lisa Mroczka


    thankyou for this update! I have been having breathing issues and smelling the smoke all day long. my asthma is BAD today and now i know why. My children have noticed the smoke today as well and are in disbelief that it has traveled from Minnesota to Illiniois and is still so thick!

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