Wildfire

California Wildfires: The New Normal

December 13, 2018

In the pilot episode of ABC10’s new series, The New Normal, California’s leaders tell us we’ve entered a “new normal” of more intense wildfires. ABC10 explores the recent California wildfires, what experts are doing to prevent deadly mega-fires, and the struggles between letting fires burn and air pollution.

Anthony Wexler shows ABC10 the mobile air monitoring stations used to measure wildfire smoke and how the pollution is a big obstacle to the burning plan.

Watch the entire episode this Friday at 11pm on ABC10 or on YouTube below

Scientists Study What Wildfire Smoke Could Do to our Bodies Long-term

December 04, 2018

With the immediate dangers of the Northern California wildfires under control, scientists from UC Davis begin to explore the long-term effects and impact of the smoke on our health. The Center for Health and Environment looked at filters that collected particulates during the wildfires.

What is normally collected over four weeks in a filter accumulated in just six hours. That's what our lungs filtered as well.