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NACCHO Webinar: Western Wildfires – Keeping Communities from Polluted Air
May 21, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
NACCHO is pleased to host a webinar on Western Wildfires: Keeping Communities from Polluted Air.
In 2017, Cal Fire recorded 7,117 wildfires and nearly 506,000 acres burned. This includes the largest wildfire recorded, Thomas, in Ventura & Santa Barbara County, and the most destructive (and 3rd deadliest) wildfire recorded, Tubbs, in Sonoma County. While combating 1,038 wildfires in Oregon during 2017, the Oregon Department of Forestry also deployed 300 firefighters to combat the Thomas Fire.
Join us to learn about the role that local health departments play in preparing for and responding to wildfires and the health impacts of wildfire smoke. Hear first-hand accounts of the 2017 wildfire season from Multnomah County Health Department (OR) and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (CA). Subject matter experts from the University of Colorado Boulder and the Environmental Protection Agency will discuss gaps in research regarding the human health impacts of wildfire smoke as well as resources and tools currently available to local jurisdictions.
Registered attendees are also invited to submit questions for our speakers in advance which will be addressed during an extended Q&A session.