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As wildfires get worse, smoke spreads, stokes health worries

Cal Poly study looks at health and climate impacts of wildfire smoke
Posted at 11:31 AM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 14:31:46-05

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) - Increasingly intense wildfires that have scorched forests from California to Australia are stoking worry about long-term health impacts from smoke exposure in affected cities and towns.

In the Sierra Nevada foothills town of Paradise, California, where a fire last year killed 85 people and destroyed 14,000 homes, researchers are tracking respiratory problems suffered by survivors and people in downwind communities.

The work has far-reaching implications as climate change turns some regions of the globe drier and more fire-prone.

Smoke from major wildfires can travel thousands of miles and affect millions of people.