Wildfire smoke can transport microbes and likely has for millions of years

Wildfire smoke is a major source of pollution in Northern California, but relatively new science is showing how billowing plumes can also transport life of the tiniest size from one region to another. For the past several years, Leda Kobziar with the University of Idaho has been working on furthering the scientific community's understanding of how smoke can loft and carry microscopic bacteria and fungi from one region to another. She says given that wildfire is a natural part of the ecosystem in the West, this phenomenon has likely been occurring for a long, long time.