By Daniel Wolfe, Renée Rigdon, Kaeti Hinck and Sean O’Key, CNN
With severe drought conditions continuing across the Western United States, the risk of larger and more frequent wildfires threatens the safety of residents, communities and wildlife. This map visualizes wildfires active within the last 30 days.
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Source: Cal Fire, National Interagency Fire Center, VIIRS-SNPP, EPA AirNow, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Wildfire smoke creates fine particulate matter that can linger in the atmosphere and . , in large quantities, this microscopic dust is linked to cardiovascular disease also associated with smoking cigarettes. The EPA measures regional air quality index (AQI) by how hazardous it is to the general public. Discover the AQI in your city by searching below.