Brett Palm contributes to news coverage of wildfire smoke

Washington Post interactive feature on Canadian wildfires

Wildfires can occur year-round, but most large fires burn between June and October. For this time of year, “what’s maybe unusual is the size of the fires and how far the smoke traveled,” said Brett Palm, a scientist who specializes in atmospheric chemistry at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. “For the smoke to be as dense as it was this far away, it has to be a large fire.”

Read more at The Washington Post; June 9, 2023.

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Massive smoke plumes from fires over Canada - 20 May 2023
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Smoke from wildfires in Canada brought record-breaking air pollution to the United States this spring, creating dangerous air quality from Bismarck, N.D., to Denver and Detroit to New York City and Washington. (The Washington Post)