Smoke over Central Valley in California, picture taken November 15th 2018 near Turlock, CA approximately 150 miles from the fire.
The Camp Fire is the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. The fire started on November 8th, 2018. As of November 19th, the fire has claimed 77 civilian fatalities and destroyed over 8,500 residences and covered an area of about 140 thousand acres. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, first responders and all those affected.
Aside from the horrific damage in the immediate area of the fire, reports of unhealthy air quality are beginning to emerge from the areas surrounding the afflicted area. Poor air quality is evident hundreds of miles away.
Poor air quality can irritate your eyes, nose, and throat, cause shortness of breath, aggravate asthma and other respiratory conditions, and even affect your heart and cardiovascular system.
We were wondering how cows in the area are affected by poor air quality conditions.
Air quality map of California, November 17th, 2018. Green circle highlights the area in which the herds we checked are located.
We checked rumination levels in herds located in the Modesto, CA area. Across the board, an average of 30-minute drop in average daily rumination is evident.
Obviously ,the cows are also affected by the poor air quality.
Group rumination graph from a herd located near Turlock CA. Note the drop in average rumination on November 10th.
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