8. How does smoke from fires affect air pollution?
One of the consequences of mega forest fires is the production of dense smoke emissions, extremely harmful to the health of the local population. These toxic clouds can travel to areas far from the fires, and in their journey affect numerous populations as they pass.
In its fast race, a mega forest fire can attack towns and cities, cause great calamities to its inhabitants, in addition to spreading smoke to remote areas, which in extreme cases have gone around the planet.
Inhaling smoke from fires is harmful to everyone, but especially to the elderly, pregnant women, children, and those with pre-existing health conditions such as heart failure, angina, obstructive pulmonary syndrome, emphysema, or asthma, or people with respiratory infections, influenza, or COVID-19.