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Will Utah Have To Deal With Thick Smoke More Often?

If current trends continue, such as the drought and warm temperatures, Utah researchers say the state will likely have to get used to dealing with thick smoke more often. Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City Monica Traphagan says the smoke of the last several days is the worst she’s ever seen in her 16-year career. She says we are likely to experience similar conditions more often, especially if the drought and high temperature trends continue. 

 

Pulmonologist at Intermountain Healthcare Dr. Denitza Blagev says breathing in the smoke has serious health repercussions. She says the smoke particles we breathe in cause increased inflammation and blood clotting once they get into our bloodstream. In addition, Blagev says hospitals typically see increased hospitalizations related to bronchitis and pneumonia three to four weeks after a bad air pollution event. 

 

To combat the bad air, Blagev recommends staying indoors and using air purifiers whenever possible. 

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!