Identifying smoke impacts from bushfires extending into the rural-urban interface

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Fire Note 83: The expanding rural-urban fringe means there is likely to be increased firefighting activity in such settings. The rural-urban interface is an environment characterised  by a more complex mixture of fuels, resulting in an increased risk of toxic products in the smoke from fires.

This Fire Note, by CSIRO research scientist Dr Fabienne Reisen,  discusses her initial research for the Bushfire CRC Extension Research Program: Occupational Health and Safety – Surge Capacity. The research project is Rural Urban Interface Air Toxics.

The project aims to identify and characterise potential hazards from exposure to air toxics while fighting bushfires at the urban-rural interface, as well as assessing the risks of exposure to fire and emergency service workers and residents.

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