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Winds fuel Southern California wildfires

Authorities on Friday announced the first death related to the most recent wildfires that are ripping through Southern California. More than 200,000 people have been evacuated and thousands of firefighters continue to battle at least six blazes fed by high…

Health Dec 08

Ed Corn wears a mask as he sifts through the ashes of the home he shared with his paraplegic roommate in Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park neighborhood. “I can definitely taste the toxins in my throat and the back of my tongue,” he said. Photo by Heidi de Marco/KHN
California struggles to breathe after year of climate-fueled wildfires

From Puget Sound to Disneyland and east over the Rockies, Americans have coughed and wheezed, rushed to emergency rooms and shut themselves indoors this year as pollution from wildfires darkened skies and rained soot across the landscape.

Fierce winds that have fanned the flames of more than 14 wildfires raging through Northern California are beginning to die down this week. As of Monday, the fires had left 41 dead, 213,000 acres burned and 5,700 structures destroyed.

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