Every agency burn produces toxic smoke and soot containing harmful greenhouse gases and toxic PM10, PM2.5 and Carbon Black. These microscopic particles and gases enter our lungs (including, children, pets and wildlife) as agency burn smoke from fire and smoldering hangs in our atmosphere, even when they cannot be seen by the naked eye. The harm to humans caused by PM2.5 and Carbon Black is well known. However, burn agencies and burn managers continue to produce massive amounts of these toxic particles during agency created burn events without regard to health, by choosing to ignite burn piles and prescribed burns in populated neighborhoods, next to homes and recreation sites. They allow managed burns to affect the air quality stretching hundreds of miles. In some cases smoke continues for days, weeks or months subjecting everyone in the immediate area and beyond to the effects of toxic smoke.
Tiny smoke particles, PM2.5 and Carbon Black, can travel deep into the respiratory tract, reaching the lungs. Exposure causes short to long term health effects, including shortness of breath; eye, nose and throat irritation; and aggravating or worsening medical conditions such as asthma and heart disease. Scientific studies have linked increases in PM2.5 exposure with increased rates of chronic bronchitis, increased respiratory and cardiovascular hospital admissions and emergency department visits, and increased rates of lung cancer and heart disease leading to death.