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Exposure to wildfire smoke linked to increased ER visits for asthma
Researchers who analyzed data from the 2006-2007 wildfires in Australia found that exposure to wildfire smoke was linked to increased visits to hospital emergency departments for asthma. View News Article (2015-09-09)

Study shows wildfires' positive and negative economic impacts
Despite the disruptions they cause, large wildfires are a mixed economic bag for nearby communities, according to findings from a research project by the University of Oregon's Ecosystem Workforce Program and its collaborators. View News Article (2012-09-17)

Scorched Earth: The Past, Present and Future of Human Influences on Wildfires
Fires have continuously occurred on Earth for at least the last 400 million years. But since the 1970s, the frequency of wildfires has increased at least four-fold, and the total size of burn areas has increased at least six-fold in the western United States alone. View News Article (2011-09-16)

Rise in wildfires may significantly degrade air quality, health in the future
As the American West, parched by prolonged drought, braces for a season of potentially record-breaking wildfires, new research suggests these events not only pose an immediate threat to people's safety and their homes, but also could take a toll on human health, agriculture and ecosystems. View News Article (2014-01-30)

Not just climate change: Study finds human activity is a major factor driving wildfires
A new study examining wildfires in California found that human activity explains as much about their frequency and location as climate influences.  View News Article (2016-05-02)

Where there's wildfire smoke, there's toxicity
The health threat to city dwellers posed by Southern California wildfires like those of November 2008 may have been underestimated by officials. View News Article (2008-11-20)

Wildfires and home prices: Are they related?
Do wildfires influence the housing market? Is it a consideration when people buy or build? View News Article (2005-08-31)

Trees facilitate wildfires as a way to protect their habitat
Fire is often thought of something that trees should be protected from, but a new study suggests that some trees may themselves contribute to the likelihood of wildfires in order to promote their own abundance at the expense of their competitors. View News Article (2009-10-29)

Fire and Ice: Wildfires Darkening Greenland Snowpack, Increasing Melting
Satellite observations have revealed the first direct evidence of smoke from Arctic wildfires drifting over the Greenland ice sheet, tarnishing the ice with soot and making it more likely to melt under the sun. View News Article (2012-12-06)

As California wildfires burn, southern plant species are shifting northward
As California wildfires burn tree canopies and the forest floors they support, the plants that are replacing the understory are increasingly those found in more southern areas of the West, according to a study from the University of California, Davis.  View News Article (2015-08-11)

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