Taylor Creek and Klondike Fires, Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest, Oregon, 2018Kari Greer / U.S. Forest Service- Pacific Northwest Region

Wildfire season is upon Washington state, and many people are wondering how the poor air quality that comes along with them could affect COVID-19 patients.

In a UW News story, the UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences assistant professor Brian J. Harvey weighed in on how wildfires affect the environment. His research focuses on understanding forest disturbances — like fires and insect outbreaks — and how forest structure and function are shaped by disturbances, interactions among disturbances and climate.

“The University of Washington has a long history of leading research into the impacts of wildfires from an ecological and health perspective,” the story reads. “We worked with two experts to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, including the ways that the pandemic is increasing our community’s vulnerability to extreme wildfire events in the region.”

View the FAQ Harvey participated in here.