Wildfires

Research Highlight

The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety offers annual funding opportunities for outreach and education activities and short-term research to support projects related to agricultural health and safety in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada.

Research Highlight

The research team from the Parikh Environmental Soil Chemistry Lab at UC Davis examined chemicals in the ash and soil from different orchards following the Thomas Fire to assess the health risks to farmworkers working in areas affected by wildfires.

Extreme Weather Events

Over the past decade, California has become more prone to weather extremes, including increased frequency and severity of heat waves, droughts, and wildfires.

How have these weather extremes affected the work, health, and safety of agricultural employers and farmworkers? How are they preparing for the future?

A Look Back at 2019

WCAHS looks back at Research and Outreach activities for 2019.

Wildfire Resources

Farmers and farmworkers are at a greater risk for exposure to wildfire ash and chemical residue due to their work outdoors and long shifts, both during an active fire and as well as during cleanup and recovery.

Wildfires

Wildfires are increasing in frequency and severity and preparing for them on an annual basis is a new experience for most farmers.

Perspectives on the Proposed Emergency Wildfire Regulation

During the May 8 advisory meeting of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) on Petition 573, the proposed emergency regulation to protect outdoor workers from wildfire smoke, perspectives from community members, organizations, and academic scientists were heard regarding the proposed emergency standard. 

Protecting Human Health in a Changing Climate

As extreme weather events occur more frequently and increase in severity each year, WCAHS is proud to welcome investigator, Kathryn (Katie) Conlon, PhD, and her research expertise related to adaptation strategies to protect human health in a changing climate.