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Mask up Shasta County: The serious health risks of wildfire smoke exposure 08/20/2021

Published August 20, 2021

Thick smoke from multiple large wildfires near Shasta County has choked Shasta County air over the last several weeks. Air Quality Index (AQI) readings have hovered between unhealthy and hazardous. As wildfires, particularly in the western U.S., increase in size and severity, research is beginning to show the significant impact of wildfire smoke to both short and long-term health.

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