What to do when wildfire smoke fills the air

Wednesday, June 7, 2023 - 15:03 in Earth & Climate

Wildfire smoke can be a little scary, especially when you're not used to it. Dave Hoefler / Unsplash Wildfires are an annual occurrence along the West Coast, igniting anywhere from Alaska down to southern California. But both the intensity and length of fire season have grown in recent years, driven in part by the drought conditions and high temperatures of an ever-warming planet. And even if you live nowhere near the Pacific, or anywhere else that’s burning, you can still feel the effects of wildfires hundreds of miles away: hazy conditions and air quality alerts have descended on the Midwest and reached as far as the East Coast. It may be the first time your local weather has suffered as a result of fires happening somewhere else—but it won’t be the last....

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