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Old 11-11-2018, 10:28 PM
 
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Yeah it sucks since I ride a bike to work. Hope the smoke clears up soon. I don't remember it ever being this bad for so long ever.
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Old 11-15-2018, 05:42 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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UC Davis hasn't had classes all week. Tomorrow's have just been canceled too. Our daughter is getting very concerned about the exams, etc. that have been postponed and all the catching up she'll have to do.

We've had our own air quality issues due to the fires here in Ventura County but it looks like it's much worse up there.

I know, a relatively minor thing compared to what many people have gone through...
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Old 11-15-2018, 11:04 PM
 
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Fortunately I was able to work from home until this crap clears up. I never seen it last this bad. No wind or rain to clear the crap out of the city. Very bad indeed. We have worst pollution now with this mess in the entire world.
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Old 11-16-2018, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Midtown Sacramento
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I got up at 2:30 am last night to let one of my dogs out. The smoke was terrible. I checked online and the air quality index was at 427 at 2 am (anything above 301 is hazardous). I could smell the smoke inside the house -- we have original single-pane windows and doors on the first floor. I have an N95 mask, but now they're saying not to use them after all (?!) Streets are eerily deserted - most people are staying indoors.

So sick of the smoke, but we are so fortunate compared to the victims of the fires. I can't imagine the terror they experienced fleeing the flames, losing loved ones, homes, and pets, and now sleeping in their cars, tents or shelters.
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Old 11-16-2018, 09:51 AM
 
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I have an N95 mask, but now they're saying not to use them after all (?!)
Regarding the N95 masks: There are some people who should not use a mask. Covering your mouth and nose with a strong filter causes you to re-breathe carbon dioxide which can exacerbate some medical conditions. Also, they are not for long-term use for anyone and they are useless if they are not fitted properly or if you have a beard. One quick and dirty test - if you can smell smoke with a mask on, it is either not the right type of mask or you have it on wrong. Masks also need to be replaced if they get dirty or damaged or if breathing becomes more difficult.

I have severe allergies and my doctor recommended I use either an N95 mask or a full respirator when I am working in the yard. I have been using the mask for years and it, along with being careful not to bring allergens into the house, has greatly reduced the number of attacks I have. I am wearing the mask any time I go outdoors right now.

Bottom line: a mask is not an invitation to spend a lot of time outdoors in this mess. If you do select to use one, inspect it before you put it on, be careful you have it on properly, and get back inside as soon as you can.
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Old 11-17-2018, 05:09 PM
 
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The fires everywhere.

Thats very interesting...
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Old 11-18-2018, 12:53 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Ever stop to think what's in that smoke? If it were just a forest on fire, that's one thing, but think of what's all in a house that can burn, and a car on fire? Plastics, rubber, rugs, glue = toxins. One time, I saw a van on fire along a freeway, and as I passed I've never been exposed to such acrid stench in my life! Enough to make you want to vomit! I thought of that when I saw a whole line of burned out cars in that fire! And what are they going to do with all that debris? Where to?
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Old 11-18-2018, 05:37 AM
 
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Ever stop to think what's in that smoke? If it were just a forest on fire, that's one thing, but think of what's all in a house that can burn, and a car on fire? Plastics, rubber, rugs, glue = toxins. One time, I saw a van on fire along a freeway, and as I passed I've never been exposed to such acrid stench in my life! Enough to make you want to vomit! I thought of that when I saw a whole line of burned out cars in that fire! And what are they going to do with all that debris? Where to?
Of course we have thought about it. All the debris is going to the desert in Arizona so I've heard.
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Old 11-18-2018, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Carmichael, CA
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Unless it changes:

100% chance of rain most of Wednesday, with 16 mph winds coming from the south.

If it happens, it will clear out the smoke and we can breathe again.
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Old 11-18-2018, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Ever stop to think what's in that smoke? If it were just a forest on fire, that's one thing, but think of what's all in a house that can burn, and a car on fire? Plastics, rubber, rugs, glue = toxins. One time, I saw a van on fire along a freeway, and as I passed I've never been exposed to such acrid stench in my life! Enough to make you want to vomit! I thought of that when I saw a whole line of burned out cars in that fire! And what are they going to do with all that debris? Where to?
Maybe you should be thankful that you aren't one of those bodies in those cars and still have the "luxury" of breathing, even vomiting, at all, right now?
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