Air pollution is increasing over a wide swath of the U.S. because of record wildfires interviewed ACOM Deputy Director Gabriele Pfister on the topic of wildfires and air quality. “We’re right in the middle of climate change,” Gabi remarked, referring to the increased frequency of record-breaking heat as average temperatures continue to climb. Wildfires flare up during daytime and in a hotter climate. Government-issued warnings about unhealthy air quality will come more frequently even in communities far from those burning forests. The human result is about seven extremely unhealthy days in the western region of the United States.

Reported by Mark Kaufman on July 16, 2018.


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Chumash Engine 802 firefighter cooling the edge du, by Kari Greer, US Forest Service.