Wildfires in Arizona have recently burned more than 600 square miles with no signs of stopping, and new screen shots released from NASA now show that the smoke can be seen from outer space. This has caused concern for health experts, who say that the wildfires may be creating a dangerous amount of air pollution, according to the International Business Times.
The plumes have resulted in large levels of nitrogen dioxide, which can be hazardous when inhaled over time. The wildfire, which has been titled the Wallow Wildfire, is approaching the current record of 732 square miles burnt in 2002 by the Rodeo-Chediski Fire. Thus far, firefighters have only been able to control approximately 5 percent of the blaze.
Individuals in the area who suffer from respiratory conditions or just want cleaner air to breathe may want to purchase an air purifier. A HEPA filter can remove pollution from the atmosphere that can cause irritation in the lungs.
The IQAir HealthPro Plus has a HyperHEPA filter designed to eliminate ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size. It can clear up to 900 square feet of space and make it easier for people with respiratory ailments to breathe.