Penny Copeland, Hayden, Colorado:

Smoke is one of the things that I am allergic to. So when the valley would fill with smoke, I basically had to stay indoors with the windows closed and it would make it difficult to breathe at night. When you don't get enough air, you can't — you don't function. You just basically have to sit on the couch. And that's it.

Jennifer Stowell, Boston University, School of Public Health: Over the last few decades the West has been seeing, you know, this just gradual uptick in the number of fires, how large they are and how severe they are.

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