pioneer-fileThey wear no lung protection! There is minimal risk of short term smoke exposure causing lung cancer. There is however the possibility of allergies, bronchitis, cough, increased phlegm, fatigue, headaches, etc. https://www3.epa.gov/ttnamti1/files/ambient/smoke/wildgd.pdf

Why don’t they wear masks?

I spoke with a forest firefighter who told me that if they were given masks, they wouldn’t wear them. Their backpacks weigh 45 pounds in gear, food and water. A mask which is fully protective requires an oxygen tank, this respiratory protection adding 30 pounds of weight to their pack. Even lightweight N95 or N100 particle masks create work in sucking air through a filter, making hard physical labor much more arduous.

 

Credits to Ann Huycke and Jeanine Butler.