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Canadian wildfires raised air pollution. Lumber prices could be next.

Canadian wildfire smoke continues to blow over much of the U.S., raising air pollution to harmful levels for construction workers. Now, the impact of the fires is likely to raise U.S. lumber prices, too.

Canada’s 2023 wildfire season has been blazing, burning the largest amount of land ever recorded in a single year, said Marcy Nicholson, senior editor at Forest Economic Advisors, a Littleton, Massachusetts-based wood and timber product database, in a report on the Canadian wildfires.

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