States like California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington are facing a record year for wildfires. The Caldor Fire in CA is one of the largest in the state’s history, covering over 212,000 acres after starting on August 14.
The Caldor Fire grew to such a large size that it began affecting the South Lake Tahoe basin. Mandatory evacuations began in that area during the first week of September.
Air quality readings in Northern California were unhealthy during these fires, but the smoke wasn’t contained in that area. People along the East Coast were also affected by those particulates.
The Bootleg Fire Burned 600 Square Miles
For several days during the summer, eastern states were trapped in a smoky haze. Even though the wildfires were over 3,000 miles away, there were mornings when you couldn’t see the city skyline in Philadelphia and New York.
This year marks the second time that wildfire smoke traveled from one coast to the other.
As air quality warnings increase, it is vital to take steps to protect yourself. The first step is to get masks or respirators that guard against PM 2.5 and PM 10 air contaminants. These items can coat lung tissues, potentially making the body more susceptible to Covid infections.
Finally, stay inside when the wildfire smoke lingers. By reducing your exposure, you’ll protect your health.