For those who might be curious, San Francisco is roughly 150 miles away from the epicenter of what is known as the Camp Fire.
Here smoke conditions change during the day but from my office window, I can generally see about 5 blocks down. But visibility right now is only about a block and a half. Beyond that, it just looks like thick fog, but it is smoke.
If you go outside the smoke is immediately noticeable and it also sneaks through any opening so there is some smoke smell inside buildings as well, though not as strong.
For my apartment and office, I have bought LEVOIT LV-H132 Air Purifiers which are doing wonders.
For when I head out, I have bought a Techno Anti-Pollution Mask.
Probably about 60% of the people on the streets are wearing masks now. It has been increasing every day.
Here are the current headlines at the San Francisco Chronicle:
I ran into a neighbor, Walgreens was out of masks so he made one from a coffee filter.
UPDATE 3These pictures were taken from the island at roughly the same time and location, one week apart. Due to heavy #Smoke in the #BayArea, checking the air quality index (AQI) can help in making responsible choices when spending time outside.https://t.co/AXKL4717ym— Alcatraz Island (@AlcatrazIsland) November 12, 2018
📷: Marc Stokes pic.twitter.com/zNe6kMYqCF
😷SF #BayArea #smoke is the worst air quality in the world 😷 Here's 4 things you need to know. 1) where it's worst right now 2) what's happening tomorrow 3) when the wind would start helping 4) when rain could wash it away. LIVE coverage @nbcbayarea 11PM pic.twitter.com/rWRnyK6v4k— Jeff Ranieri (@JeffRanieri) November 16, 2018