Health Impacts of Wildfires
Finlay, S.E., Moffat, A., Gazzard, R., et al. (2012). Health Impacts of Wildfires. PLOS Currents Disasters. Nov 2;4:e4f959951cce2c.
The authors conducted a comprehensive literature review of international research on wildfire-related health effects and led several focus groups with study authors. Results indicated that certain populations are especially vulnerable; wood smoke has high toxicity levels; respiratory morbidity is the leading health effect, wildfire exposure is also associated with burns (and related effects) and cardiovascular, ophthalmic, and psychiatric problems.