The Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest near in California began on Aug. 17, 2013 and is under investigation. The fire has consumed approximately 149, 780 acres and is 15% contained. U.S. Forest Service photo.

California wildfire causes bad Air Quality

California is burning. The state has never seen such a massive wildfire. Right now nearly 20 fires are ablaze in the state. So many firefighters are trying to control the wildfires.

So many families have already lost their homes in this wildfire. Some of the Hollywood stars also lost their homes in this wildfires.

Many peoples have lost their lives, Animals and hundreds of people are missing in this wildfires.

Wildfire is a big problem but the outcome of it is smoke which causes Air pollution which is more bad for peoples health. Many cities like Michigan and San Francisco is suffering from the smoke created by wildfires. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is reporting increased levels of fine particulate air pollution caused by smoke from the California wildfires.

FILE PHOTO — Air National Guard C-130 Hercules equipped with modular airborne firefighting systems, similar to this one, are dropping thousands of gallons of retardant on the wildfires in Southern California. The fires have destroyed more than 830 homes and burned out more than 500,000 acres. California officials said the fires are responsible for at least 15 deaths. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daryl McKamey)

Can wildfire smoke make you sick??

Wildfire smoke can harm you in multiple ways. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. This fact sheet tells you how you can protect your health and be safe if you exposed to wildfires smoke. Wildfire smoke is a mix of gases and fine particles from burning vegetation, building materials, and other materials. Wildfire smoke can make anyone sick. Even someone who is healthy can get sick if there is enough smoke in the air. Breathing in smoke can have immediate health effects, including:

  • Coughing
  • Trouble breathing normally
  • Stinging eyes
  • A scratchy throat
  • A runny nose
  • Irritated sinuses
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • An asthma attack
  • Tiredness
  • Fast heartbeat

Older adults, pregnant women, children, and people with preexisting respiratory and heart conditions may be more likely to get sick if they breathe in wildfire smoke.

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