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More Than 1,000 Californians May Have Died from Wildfire Smoke

Where wildfire smoke choked areas of California for 49 days in 2017, roughly one-third of the population had compromised lung functions two years later.

One of the things talked about when it comes to climate change is the health impacts to people. I mentioned wildfire smoke in an earlier blog post, and now there is this estimate: "More Than 1,000 Californians May Have Died from Wildfire Smoke."

As you look at your disaster public education preparedness materials, do you have N95 masks on the list — and not just for COVID-19?

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.
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