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Scientists Expand Study on Air Quality Impact on Health
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Scientists Expand Study on Air Quality Impact on Health

By SHERAZ SADIQ, Oregon Public BroadcastingScientists at the Oregon Institute of Technology were recently awarded a $1 million grant from the federal government that could result in research that improves health outcomes in Southern Oregon due to wildfire smoke.Since 2019, a team of Oregon Tech scientists has been studying the capacity of hospitals in the Rogue Valley to handle patients arriving with respiratory problems during wildfires when air quality plummets due to wildfires.“If it’s in what we call ‘the purple,’ which is the really bad air quality, the likelihood that a hospital is going to exceed their capacity goes up to about 70 percent,” Kyle Chapman, an associate professor of sociology and population health at the Oregon Institute of Technology, told Oregon Public Broadcastin...
New wildfires in Kamloops Fire Centre, including 2 in North Okanagan
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New wildfires in Kamloops Fire Centre, including 2 in North Okanagan

Fifteen new wildfires, sparked by an ongoing lightning storm, are burning in the Kamloops Fire District, with two in the North Okanagan and one well east of Kelowna. “These fires are being actioned by crews and aerial reconnaissance is being used to assess these fires,” the BC Wildfire Service said Friday morning.Of the 15, 12 were discovered on Friday, with three found on Thursday. Read more: B.C. wildfire worries mount as heat wave leads into B.C. Day long weekend One of the North Okanagan fires, located near Miriam Creek, is burning around eight kilometres east of Armstrong. It was discovered Friday and hasn’t yet been sized.The second is well east of Vernon, situated almost halfway between Lumby and Cherryville. The Bryers Road fire was also discovered F...
Wildfires scorching the West Coast are a growing risk for homeowners nationwide
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Wildfires scorching the West Coast are a growing risk for homeowners nationwide

Americans facing the toughest housing market in years aren't just grappling with high property prices and rising mortgage rates, but are also increasingly at risk of natural disasters, such as floods, tornadoes and wildfires — no matter where they live.Amid the worst drought in at least 1,200 years, large parts of the American West are battling wildfires. California's largest blaze this year, the Oak Fire, is threatening Yosemite National Park during the park's busiest season, while fires in Colorado have forced thousands to evacuate. Wildfires are getting more intense and more frequent due to climate change, which is drying out vegetation and making fires more likely to spark and burn longer. And it's not just the West that's affected: Climate change is also increasing the like...