As Wildfires Burn, Concerns About California's Air Quality Mount

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Smoke and soot from more than a dozen wildfires burning in Northern and Central California are causing a range of respiratory and other health problems for residents in affected areas. But the state's air quality challenges go deeper. According to the American Lung Association, more than 70 percent of Californians live in areas with poor air quality for at least some part of the year. We look at the state of California's air.


Sasha Khokha, Central Valley bureau chief for KQED News

Bonnie Holmes-Gen, senior director for air quality & control at the American Lung Association of California

Paul Cort, staff attorney for Earthjustice and adjunct professor at UC Hastings where he teaches an environmental law clinic

Karen Magliano, chief of the Air Quality Planning and Science Division with the California Air Resources Board