What are the health impacts of forest fires?

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  1. John Van Aerde

    Horrible experiences for our citizens in BC, and last year in AB. It is not just wildfires that contribute to COPD and cardiovascular issues in BC. Wood burning is one of the big polluters in BC, both from wood stoves and outdoor burning. Off course, the level of pollution from the wildfires is much higher on a shorter term than wood burning which results in lower levels of PM2.5 (and other particles) than wildfires, but the exposure is continuous over an entire lifetime for the citizens who live in those areas. Little to no legislature to protect citizens. We can do little about the wildfires, but we can decrease or eliminate the chronic exposure to these pollutants affecting the health of all of us. Thank you for this article.

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