Forest Fire Emissions

Forest Fires and Air Quality

Forest fires are the second largest source of fine particulate matter from wood smoke in the province. These fires can have a significant impact on local air quality, visibility, and human health. Emissions from forest fires can travel large distances and produce harmful effects far away from the fire location.

Forest fire emissions include:

  • Particulate matter
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Atmospheric mercury
  • Ozone-forming chemicals
  • Volatile organic compounds