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News Release 18-054

Scientists fly above wildfires this summer to clarify chemistry of smoke

Largest, most comprehensive attempt to date to measure and analyze wildfire smoke

A burning forest and smoke clouds rising above.

Smoke billows from the Beaver Creek Fire west of Walden, Colorado, in 2016.

Credit: Colorado State Forest Service


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The National Science Foundation's C-130 aircraft.

NSF's C-130 aircraft is instrumental in the project to study wildfire smoke.

Credit: National Science Foundation


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Scientists loading measurement instrumentation aboard the NSF C-130 aircraft.

Scientists prepare WE-CAN project instrumentation to load aboard the NSF C-130 aircraft.

Credit: CSU


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A forest, with smoke clouds rising behind it.

The 2013 West Fork Fire in Colorado. WE-CAN scientists will track similar fires this summer.

Credit: Colorado State Forest Service


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Smoke rising above a forest-covered mountain.

Smoke from the June 2018 "416" wildfire in Durango, Colorado, blankets the area.

Credit: Colorado State Forest Service


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A burning forest.

Wildfire burns through a forest. WE-CAN researchers will look at tree types in the project.

Credit: USFS


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