Dozens of wildlife are angry throughout California, with air pollution levels soaring.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) measures air pollution with an air quality index – an AQI of 50 or below represents good air quality.
Scores between 201 and 300 are considered ‘very unhealthy’, while anything above 300 is considered ‘dangerous’ for all residents in emergency situations.
In some areas of California, the AQI is now above 700, according to the US government’s AirNow website.
The result is an environmental crisis that can easily become a health crisis.
AirNow’s air quality map across the western United States. Yellow is considered medium, while red is ‘unhealthy’, purple is ‘very unhealthy’ and maroon is ‘dangerous’
Irwin’s Division of Occupational and Environmental Health told Newsweek, “In my experience, the impact of current fires is unprecedented and exposure can prove dangerous to many people.”
While California faces wildfires every year, experts say that climate change has greatly increased their frequency and intensity.
“The debate over climate change is over,” said Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday while visiting Oroville’s fire-ravaged city. ‘Just come to the state of California, see it with your own eyes.’
Newsom cited August as the hottest in state history, making 14,000 dry lighting strikes in three days, as well as record-breaking temperatures and droughts.
The Bobcat fire consumes trees on September 10, 2020 in the Angeles National Forest. Particulates can go for miles and affect the health of people away from a blast.
This year’s season is already the worst on record, with two months still left.
With over 19 million deaths and the burning of 4,000 buildings across the state, more than three million acres of the area have been destroyed.
Sean Norman, a battalion chief of California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told the AP, “It’s a historic season on top of a historic season, replacing a historic season.”
A chart showing the levels of air quality index and their meaning. Anything about 200 is considered ‘very unhealthy’, and above 300 is ‘dangerous’. Parts of California have registered over 700 registrations throughout the week
‘We just keep setting new examples, and then we keep destroying them.’
In addition to destroying the landscape, fires pose a threat to human health.
Burning biomass particles can flow for miles to reach areas far from the fire.
The worst of these fine particles, known as PM2.5, irritates the respiratory tract and lungs and can cause chest pain, bronchitis, pneumonia, COPD, and even heart failure.
An AirNow map indicating air quality in the US on September 11, 2020. Green dots represent ‘good’ air levels, while red, orange and maroon indicate rising levels of air pollution.
An October 2018 study found that the risk of PM2.5 increased the risk of oral cancer by 40 percent.
‘Some compounds on the particles are also called carcinogens,’ Kleiman told Newsweek. ‘Gases contain carbon monoxide, which is toxic, oxides of nitrogen, and vapors such as formaldehyde and acrolein, all of which can affect health.’
He compared this to the harm caused by cigarette smoking.
‘Many toxic compounds found in tobacco smoke are found in forest fire smoke.’
City residents are being encouraged to stay indoors on the horizon of Los Angeles on September 10, 2020, keep windows and doors closed and set the air conditioner to run again
And the threat is not limited to Golden State – Oregon and Washington are also stating record air quality measurements.
According to Comer Channel 4, a measure of 807 was recorded in the Villemette Valley, about 10,000 in Cottamet Grove, western Oregon.
Even in Portland, which was not badly hit like other parts of the state, the index rose to 500 yesterday.
This is worse than pollution capitals like Mexico City and Beijing.
Residents of affected states are asked to limit outdoor exposure, run air conditioners to re-circulate, and avoid activities such as driving, lawn mowing, and barbecuing.
“Keep windows and doors closed,” Travis Knodsen with Lane County Regional Air Protection Agency told Como.
‘Any place in your house can be sealed. We are awaiting a change of weather before we get any relief from the smoke. If the weather does not change early next week, our air will not improve much by then. ‘
How do WILDFIRES start?
According to new research (file photo), there is devastation in North America every year by wildfires.
In December 2017, ‘Thomas Fire’ destroyed 281,893 acres in California.
Additionally, British Columbia’s Nazco Complex Fire consumed more than one million acres last year, making it the largest record ever in the province.
According to a new report published in the journal Plow’s Forest, the amount of land destroyed by wild animals will only increase in western and northern North America in the coming years.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, up to 90 percent of wild people are born in America.
These fires can be triggered by an extinguished campfire, piles of burning debris, carelessly discarded cigarettes, or arson.
The remaining tenth of the forest not initiated by humans is attributed to light or lava.