Is the Smoke from The California Wildfires Harmful to New England?
Experts are saying that the smoke from the California wildfires has reached New England. But, how harmful is it to us?
California is on fire and there are no signs of it stopping soon. Firefighters from all over the country have gathered there to help in anyway they can. In fact, 8 firefighters and Forest Rangers from Maine have gone out to help with the Carr, CA fires that have been burning for more than 2 weeks. According to the Bangor Daily News, this fire alone has killed 6 people, destroyed more than 1,000 homes and has burned more than 170,000 acres of land. WMUR Channel 9 says that about 100 firefighters from New Hampshire and New England have joined the fight as well.
And, according to mashable.com, some of the smoke from these multiple fires has now traveled across the country and has made it to New England. The National Weather Service tweeted this make showing the smoke across the country.
So, could we be breathing in this smoke and it is harmful? According to Gabriele Pfister, deputy director of the National Center of Atmospheric Research’s atmospheric chemistry lab, the smoke is not harmful. In fact, the smoke has been so diluted with so much fresh air that by the time it reaches New England; it is barely noticeable. So, feel free to take in a big sigh of relief, it's ok.
So many are losing family members, pets, belongings and homes to these deadly fires. If you would like to help, click here to donate to The American Red Cross.