Large forest fires in the western United States have been more frequent in recent years and many have been much more devastating. With a changing climate this is likely to continue or worsen.  Because children breathe more air per minute than adults, and have lungs that are still developing, they are especially vulnerable to health effects during wildfires, especially children that are very young or who already have respiratory diseases.  Below are resources for further exploring wildfire and air quality data as well as associated health effects.

wild fire burning trees

Photo Credit: U.S. Forest Service

Resources created by WSPEHSU on Wildfire Smoke:

Helpful Infographics on Wildfire Smoke:


Recursos creados por WSPEHSU sobre el humo de incendios forestales:

Scientific Paper by WSPEHSU on Health Effects of Wildfire Smoke in Chidren:

Other Helpful Resources:

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