Invisible ash particles and toxic fumes from the California wildfires could leave residents coughing for years and at risk for cancer – even if they live 200 miles from the blazes, experts warn

The California wildfire season has had an awful start this year, scorching hundreds of thousands of acres, fueled by the Santa Ana winds.

These fires, which typically begin in September, spring up in hot and dry conditions that make it easy for the flames to spread and, in turn, make the blazes difficult to extinguish.

Nearly 200,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes, thousands are without power, and dozens of houses and businesses have been destroyed.

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