Suzanne Paulson in Newsweek: Air Pollution From California Wildfires in Some Regions ‘Unprecedented’
Air pollution from the California wildfires is spreading across the state, with hazardous levels being recorded in many regions. In several areas the Air Quality Index showed regions where pollution levels had gone above 500. Anything above 200 is considered unhealthy to hazardous.
Suzanne E. Paulson, Director, Center for Clean Air at the University of California at Los Angeles, said the wildfires are having an “enormous impact” on pollution for areas downwind. “There are so many fires burning, and they are taking a long time to control, so populations in many directions from the fires are being impacted,” she told Newsweek in an email.