Update: 11/12/2018: The Camp Fire is now the most destructive in California history, having leveled 6,713 structures, mostly homes, a total of 6,453.
If you are in the Bay Area and feel like there is nowhere you can drive right now to escape the smoke, here is evidence from space that you are correct. Indoors, a good HEPA filter over a box fan can clean the air and reduce irritation to your throat and lungs. This is your best bet if you still have electricity. A wet cloth can reduce some smoke, but is not always a great solution. Despite some claims to the contrary, I’ve found no evidence that diffusing essential oils will remove smoke from the air. DoTerra and YoungLiving EO company supporters, feel free to leave a comment with a link to any study that shows otherwise. There are, however, plants that clean the air for which there is evidence, and I think these plants are good to have around as much as possible all the time.
NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System, which takes high-resolution satellite images of the planet, offers some staggering perspective on the scope of California’s wildfire crisis. Their image of California snapped on Nov. 10 shows nearly the entire state covered in a thin brown layer of smoke.
It’s strange and amazing how much smoke there is and how it traveled over 160 miles to make my eyes water. Today, 11/11/2018, the Camp Fire near Chico is now burning 109,000 acres and is 25% contained. That looks like the biggest current contributer to Bay Area smoky air according to CalFire Fire Maps. Too many people have lost their homes to fires in CA lately. The Camp Fire, if it has indeed destroyed 2,000 structures, would be the 4th most destructive wildfire in California history.
The Camp Fire has destroyed an estimated 2,000 structures, “threatened” 15,000, and left three firefighters injured, according to the latest incident report by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).
The huge Woolsley fire near LA has burned 83,275 acres and is 10% contained. Four days ago the Mendocino Complex wildfire that burned 459,123 acres was contained and the Nurse fire, 1,500 acre fire off Highway 12 closest to SF is 90% contained. Ugh.
Hang in there Californians. Maintain a perimeter and have your “Go Bag” and an evacuation plan ready.