Who is at risk if wildfire smoke spreads?

Smoke from wildfires across the western United States and Canada is swirling across much of the continent, including thousands of miles west on the east coast.

Experts say the phenomenon is being increasingly prevalent as humans-induced global warming stirs larger and more intense blazes.

Smoke pollution took an unhealthy toll this week in communities from Washington State to Washington D.C, including Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Get used to this, the researchers say.

“These fires are going to be burning all summer,”Dan Jaffe

‘These fires are going to be burning all summer,’ said smoke expert Dan Jaffe of the University of Washington.

Scientists are associating smoking exposure with long-term health problems, including reduced lung function, compromised immune system and higher rates of flu.

Medical officials and health authorities say people at risk can arrive at hospitals on short notice and sometimes die of excessive smoke.

Washington (state)

Washington ), officially the State of Washington, is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the Western United States. Named for George Washington, the first U.S. president, (wikipedia)

Colorado State University

Colorado State University is a public land-grant research university in Fort Collins, Colorado. It is the flagship university of the Colorado State University System. (wikipedia)

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service is an agency of the United States federal government that is tasked with providing weather forecasts, warnings of hazardous weather, (wikipedia)

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University of Washington

The University of Washington is a public research university in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1861, (wikipedia)


Weather is the state of the atmosphere, describing for example the degree to which it is hot or cold, wet or dry, calm or stormy, clear or cloudy. On Earth, (wikipedia)


A wildfire, bushfire, wild land fire or rural fire is an unplanned, unwanted, uncontrolled fire in an area of combustible vegetation starting in rural areas and urban areas. (wikipedia)

state and territorial universities in the United States

In the United States, a state college or state university is one of the public colleges or universities funded by or associated with the state government. In some cases, (wikipedia)

Santiam Fire

The Santiam Fire was a very large wildfire that burned in Marion, Jefferson, Linn, and Clackamas Counties, in northwest Oregon, United States. Having ignited in August of 2020, the 402, (wikipedia)

George Washington University

The George Washington University is a private research university in Washington, D.C. Chartered in 1821 by the United States Congress, (wikipedia)