Managing the risks of wildfire smoke


Inhaling fine particulates in the smoke generated by wildfires causes significant and sometimes severe health impacts, especially for vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, and those with pre-existing conditions.

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In Utah both researchers and community members maintain enough air quality sensors to provide a high-resolution picture of how the smoke moves for smoke forecast models.
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We are just starting to understand our modern relationship with fire. By making changes now, we can help shape the types of fire we live with in the future.
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As fires ravaged large sections of the Australian bush last summer, cities and towns all along the coast were blanketed in toxic smoke.
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New research targeted smoke plumes close to the source to try better understand what’s emitted and then how it can transform as it goes downwind.
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Smoke filled sky as the nearby Dunn's Road Fire burns.  G By Greg StonhamGreg Stonham /
New research finds that climate change will shift the window of opportunity for prescribed burns towards winter months. This may increase the adverse health impacts of smoke.
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Both smoke and COVID take a toll on the body’s respiratory and cardiovascular systems -- “It’s kind of a double whammy.”
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A bad smoke season could be disastrous for Brazil, who is already battling an outbreak of coronavirus, a disease that affects breathing.
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Researchers estimate some of the impacts of Australia’s 2019-2020 bushfire smoke and air pollution, suggesting the extreme weather to be responsible for 417 excess deaths.
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New survey suggests the vast majority of Australians were impacted in some way by the fires, from lost property, to disrupted holiday plans, to health problems.
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Bushfire smoke largely escapes regulation and containment. In a new era of increasingly severe and frequent fires, laws responding to such smoke must be implemented.
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