Large parts of the Southeast are on fire this week, with tens of thousands of acres affected by wildfires. Even many of those who aren’t forced to evacuate are still struggling with the effects of poor air quality—so much so that officials in some areas are recommending people wear special masksto protect them from the smoke particles. The particles are especially dangerous for people with respiratory problems, but ongoing exposure can be dangerous for others as well.
And ongoing exposure is what many of these areas have. The largest fire, in the Cohutta Wilderness area of northern Georgia, has burned more than 13,000 acres. Believed to have been caused by a lightning strike, it’s been going strong since the middle of last month and is still only about 20% contained. read more >>