Doctors Warn Against Health Hazards of Wildfire Smoke

KQED News Fix/State of Health

The Bay Area awoke this week to hints of the wildfire disaster up north: Gray ash and a smoky smell that lingered for hours, even in areas more than 50 miles from the fires. Along with flames, smoke exposure is one of the biggest health hazards from wildfires. It can cause mild irritation such as stinging eyes and sore throats to severe afflications that include asthma, heart attacks and even death.

“It’s a concerning time for me as a physician,” said Dr. Robert Blount, a pulmonologist at UCSF who researches the health effects of air pollution. “Typically, you’re going to see an increase in outpatient visits, also ER visits.”

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