PRESCRIBED BURN SMOKE POLLUTION IN ARIZONA

Beware, prescribed burn smoke kills people.


The photographs below depict the massive amounts of wood smoke pollution emitted by prescribed burns in Arizona. Scroll down to view all of the photographs. If you are skeptical after viewing the photos, take a drive around the state and see for yourself. The prescribed burn smoke covers everything including rural areas where vehicle, industry and fireplace pollution are nonexistent. The U.S. EPA studies show that his type of smoke contains cancer causing agents that are twelve times worse than cigarette smoke, and are twelve times more likely to cause strokes, heart failure, kidney failure, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, breast cancer, and death. It is especially fatal to infants, elderly, infirmed and the disabled people, and causes sudden infant mortality without warning.


 

PHOTOGRAPH #1 - depicts a typical prescribed burn near a city. This unregulated burn is emitting massive concentrations of toxic wood smoke pollution into the air near residential areas where children play and elderly people live.

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH #2 - depicts heavy accumulations of smoke covering the Arizona landscape below Yarnell Hill near Congress.

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH #3 - depicts very heavy accumulations of prescribed burn smoke in the rural areas between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. Note that heavy smoke concentrations lingers in the distant landscape where vehicle/industry pollution is nonexistent.  This smoke drifts down the canyons and valleys from the prescribed burns in Northern Arizona. The white haze is not vehicle pollution as some people allege. It is prescribed burn wood smoke.

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH #4 - also depicts large concentrations of prescribed burn smoke covering the rural areas between Phoenix and Tucson.

Notice how the thick wood smoke concentrations linger over all of the residential areas where people live. EPA studies show that this type of smoke kills infants, young children, and elderly people without warning!!!

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH #5 - depicts the large accumulations of prescribed burn smoke covering Casa Grande, Arizona. It is another fine example of unregulated wood smoke pollution in Arizona.

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH #6 - also depicts large accumulations of prescribed burn smoke covering Casa Grande, Arizona.

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH #7 - depicts the large accumulations of prescribed burn smoke covering Mt. Lemmon and the Tucson area. 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH #8 - depicts the heavy accumulations of prescribed burn smoke covering the Phoenix West Valley where millions of people live.

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH #9 - depicts heavy concentrations of prescribed burn smoke covering Skull Valley and Kirkland, Arizona.

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH #10 - depicts heavy accumulations of prescribed burn smoke lingering over Prescott, Arizona where many elderly people live. 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH #11 - also depicts large concentrations of prescribed burn smoke covering Prescott, Arizona.

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH #12 - depicts large concentrations of prescribed burn smoke covering Chino Valley, Arizona.

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH #13 - also depicts large concentrations of prescribed burn smoke covering Chino Valley, Arizona.

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH #14 - depicts large concentrations of prescribed burn smoke covering the Ashfork and the Northern Arizona landscape.

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH #15 - depicts the heavy concentrations of prescribed burn smoke covering the Kingman, Arizona. Notice the lower left of the photograph. The smoke is so thick that the hills and landscape are barely visible.

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH #16 - depicts large concentrations of prescribed burn smoke covering Prescott Valley, Arizona.

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH #17 - depicts heavy concentrations of prescribed burn smoke covering the Dewey-Humboldt Valley.

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH #18 - depicts the heavy concentrations of prescribed burn smoke covering Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona.

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH #19 - depicts more heavy concentrations of prescribed burn smoke covering Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona.

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH #20 - depicts heavy accumulations of prescribed burn smoke in the canyons between Highway 69 and Interstate 17. Notice how the smoke is drifting down the canyons to Cordes Junction and Phoenix, Arizona.  Most of the bad air in Phoenix is prescribed burn smoke from Northern Arizona. Wood smoke normally drifts into lower elevations where it lingers for months.

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH #21 - depicts heavy concentrations of prescribed burn smoke covering Poland Junction and Mayer, Arizona.

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH #22 - depicts heavy concentrations of prescribed burn smoke covering the Northern Arizona landscape north of Sunset Point.  The smoke haze is so thick that one cannot see the distant mountains near Mayer.

 

 

The above photographs clearly show the very heavy concentrations of prescribed burn smoke covering all of Arizona. If you are skeptical, drive around the state and see for yourself. The wood smoke pollution is everywhere and it is getting worse because of failure to regulate the Land Management Agencies' excessive prescribed burning in Arizona.  

 

Most people are not aware of the heath effects of prescribed burn wood smoke. EPA studies show that it is twelve times worse than cigarette smoke. It is twelve times more likely to cause breast cancer, lung cancer, COPD, heart problems, asthma, high blood pressure, etc., than cigarette smoke, and Arizona residents have to breathe the toxic smoke daily.


 

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NOTE: Most  prescribed burns are done by Government Land Management Agencies (LMAs) such as the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management,  the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. National Park Service,  the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Arizona State Land Department.