CSU researchers use plane to study impacts of wildfire smoke

Plane will be used to take samples in late July
Posted at 5:25 PM, Jun 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-14 19:38:05-04

FT. COLLINS, Colo. -- Smoke from wildfires burning across the state is visible along the Front Range and it could be affecting your health. A team of CSU researchers is launching a new project to study the impact. 

They will take samples by flying a plane straight into the smoke. The $3.8 million study attempts to better understand the composition of the smoke and how much it matters to air quality.

Instruments are currently being loaded onto the C-130 aircraft and sampling will begin in late July. The smoke sampling will last for six weeks. One of the lead researchers on the project said they are essentially building a chemistry lab on a plane.