Implications of forest fires on air quality – a perspective

  • Surya Singh ENVIS Centre on Control of Pollution, Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi – 110 032, India


Forest fires are significantly responsible for air pollution along with the greenhouse effect. Burning of biomass in forests results in the emission of toxic gases, many of which have a long lifetime. These gases are transported from the place of their origin to several miles away, thus causing deterioration of the air quality in neighboring areas too. In this paper, the problem of forest fires in India is discussed along with its implications over the air quality. The recent occurrence of forest fires in Uttarakhand, India was taken as an example to assess the impact over the air quality of the neighboring areas, particularly Delhi. It was found that the concentration of pollutants; mainly NO, NO2, CO, PM10, and PM2.5; was increased significantly in Delhi during the fire period in Uttarakhand.

How to Cite
SINGH, Surya. Implications of forest fires on air quality – a perspective. Bulletin of Environmental and Scientific Research, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 3-4, p. 1-4, dec. 2016. ISSN 2278-5205. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 05 feb. 2023.