As wildfires intensify, California gets a grim reminder about far-reaching toxic smoke
The Lava Fire, near Mount Shasta and Lake Shastina in Siskiyou County, California, on June 27, 2021. - Paul Kuroda/ZUMA Wire/TNS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The deadliest wildfire in California history spewed a toxic cocktail of air pollution that could be detected 150 miles away. A study released Monday by the California Air Resources Board said the 2018 Camp fire subjected area residents to unhealthy levels of particulate matter, zinc, lead and other dangerous chemicals. The report came as California struggles with the early onset of another difficult wildfire season, with more than 142,000 acres burned already. Yet the air board's study said the Camp fire was particularly noxious because of the extraordinary number of build...