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9. Smoke from burning is necessary to save lives - WRONG

Updated: May 4, 2023

Since 2000, it is estimated that at least 20 people have died from poor air quality due to manmade burns, with hundreds of emergency hospital visits. A study from the WA Department of Health has confirmed that prescribed burns contribute significantly more to hospitalisations than wildfires (autumn and spring periods in the report).

In contrast, over this same time period, 4 people have died from bushfires in the south-west. These four tragic deaths all occurred in farmland, not forest.

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