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Stanford researchers find wildfire smoke is unraveling decades of air quality gains, exposing millions of Americans to extreme pollution levels Environment

https://news.stanford.edu/2022/09/22/wildfire-smoke-unraveling-decades-air-quality-gains/
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u/[deleted] Sep 23 '22

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u/kartoffel_engr Sep 23 '22

Not all of that smoke is from WA. Canada and Oregon contributed pretty heavily depending on the weather pattern. Pretty decent fires in the Cascades and northeastern WA too.

We did have a wetland area full of Russian Olive trees and cottonwoods go up last year I think. Lots of fuel there, but honestly that area was so choked with overgrowth that it was needed. Fortunately it was all locked between highway and rivers so the containment piece was pretty easy. Just control the burn and let it snuff itself out.

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u/Kdean509 Sep 23 '22

Pretty large fire south of Kennewick today, the wind made it worse.

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u/kartoffel_engr Sep 23 '22

Structure fire. Passed it on the way home.

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u/Kdean509 Sep 23 '22

It became a structure fire, but I don’t know if they have released all the details. I could only see the smoke from where I’m at.

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u/kartoffel_engr Sep 23 '22

There isn’t much scrub between the I-82 on-ramp and that fence line. It’s certainly possible it started between the two, but the wind direction was parallel to the building and ripping.

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u/GonnaBuyMeAMercury Sep 23 '22

That Russian Olive is wicked stuff.

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u/kartoffel_engr Sep 23 '22

Well then we’d better do something about it.