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Wildland Fire: Health Effects, EPA's Public Health Outreach and Smoke Ready Toolbox for Wildfires
Cascio, W. Wildland Fire: Health Effects, EPA's Public Health Outreach and Smoke Ready Toolbox for Wildfires. Council of States and Territorial Epidemiologist, Atlanta, Georgia, May 15 - 16, 2018.
Wildland fires and their emissions are an important environmental health issue because of the expanding wildland-urban interface that can bring the source of wildfires close to densely populated areas, and the potential of wildfire smoke to travel hundreds, even thousands of miles from its source. The presentation will increase awareness of EPA’s tools and resources available to public health and environmental health officials that they can use to before, during and after wildfire events for the purpose of protecting public health.
Exposure to wildfire smoke is an environmental health topic that is growing in importance and impact and having relevance to many health officials across the country, as well as federal, state and local decision-makers. The webinar presented at the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiology (CTSE) 9th Annual National Disaster Epidemiology Workshop will discuss of wildfire smoke’s health effects and present EPA’s tools and resources available to provide public health guidance and education before, during and after wildfire events.