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Study Finds Thousands Die from Pollution Caused by Wildfire Smoke Each Year

When it comes to wildfire, direct deaths, property damage, and the number of acres of land burned are most often talked about. But did you know that wildfire, most notably a person’s exposure to wildfire-related fine particulate matter, has a significant impact on people’s health? A study published in The Lancet Planetary Health in September estimates that at least 33,000 people a year die from pollution caused by wildfire smoke, with a disproportionate number of those deaths occurring in Central and South America. The groups most at risk, according to the research, include children up to 9 years old and people over 80 years old.

Angelo Verzoni takes a deeper look at the study and lays out some of the more significant findings in his article, “Wildfire’s Widening Toll.” Read this and other related articles in the latest issue of NFPA Journal and share the information with others you know.

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LisaMarie Sinatra
Communications Manager, Public Affairs Office

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