Wildfire Smoke

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Fires in Oregon, Washington and California have blanketed the northwest in smoke. We're also six months into the coronavirus pandemic. 


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For folks in the fire science world, the smoke that has engulfed most of the western United States is not surprising. As climate change, years of poor forest management and home development practices come to a head, this could be the new normal in the West. But what no one could predict before 2020 was how a global pandemic would exacerbate the health effects of wildfire smoke.