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Wildfire Research and Resources

Wildfires in California since 2017 have been historic. 12 out of 20 of the most destructive fires have occurred since then, burning almost 3 million acres. We're also seeing large, unplanned and uncontrolled fires rapidly spreading in urban areas, which scientists believe could have an impact on the health of people differently than “natural” wildfires that burn trees, grass and other plants.

As part of the ongoing research, the University of California Environmental Health Sciences Center is working with communities across the state to study the physical and emotional impacts of wildfires, and provide resources.

Read how communities can prepare for a wildfire, and how to cope with the effects of smoke and fire.