Wildfires

Study: Wildfires produce up to half of pollution in U.S. West

Large wildfires can churn out plumes of smoke thick with microscopic pollution particles that can reportedly drift hundreds or even thousands of miles. (Photo by Katie Goodwin/USFWS) BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all health-damaging small particle air pollution in the western U.S. in recent years as warming temperatures fueled more destructive blazes, according to…

Minnesota may see smoky skies due to western wildfires – next summer

A firefighting crew battles a blaze in California. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota could see a repeat of smoky skies next summer as huge fires continue in the western United States. Daniel Dix, an air quality meteorologist with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, told Minnesota Public Radio that wildfires, such as the recent blazes in California,…