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Health Hazard of Wildfire Smoke

More than a dozen wildfires in California wine country have destroyed at least 1,500 homes and killed at least 13 people in the last few days, and the numbers are expected to rise as more information is reported. The city of Santa Rosa and surrounding Sonoma County are among the hardest hit areas, with smoke […]

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The Health Hazard of Huge Summer Fires and Smoke

Massive smoke plumes invaded the Pacific Northwest in early August 2017, and more smoke from wildfires may be a problem into early autumn across parts of the U.S. and Canadian West. In this guest post, wildfire expert and author Stephen Pyne (Arizona State University) looks at the history of our relationship with wildfire smoke. Landscape […]

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What Can I Do to Protect Myself from Secondhand Cigarette Smoke?

Secondhand smoke, or environmental tobacco smoke, is a health hazard for smokers and nonsmokers. A quick Google search of the term shows that the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control, the American Lung Association, the Mayo Clinic, the World Health Organization, and all other credible medical associations and professionals recognize the hazards of […]

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Air Pollution From Wildfire Smoke Has Hazardous Effects On Humans

Scientists have flown through wildfires to learn more about the air pollution they produce, and the news is worse than expected. The emissions of fine particles when timber and brush burn are three times higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has estimated, the researchers said, and those particles are dangerous to human lungs and hearts. […]

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Air Quality Reaching Unhealthy Levels After Multiple Fires in Southern California

As the two fires that make up the San Gabriel Complex in the Angeles National Forest continue to burn, health officials are warning that the surrounding air quality is now unhealthy for everyone — not just people with respiratory problems. In Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, health officials say smoke and ash from the Sherpa Fire […]

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Smoke Pollution ‘Code Red’ Air Quality for Tennessee Wildfires: Safety Masks Required

Areas of smoke are expected again and might even pick up in the Knoxville area as wildfires continue to burn throughout the region. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation issued a code red air quality alert for the area, in effect until midnight Wednesday, and conditions are changing daily. Ground-level particulate concentrations are expected to approach or exceed […]

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