The Camp Fire in Northern California is not only wreaking havoc and disaster in the affected areas, but it is also having a serious and dangerous effect on air quality in cities like San Francisco.
The air quality in San Francisco is so poor that on Friday, breathing the air was akin to smoking 10 cigarettes in one day.
Wildfire smoke is especially dangerous because of what the fire burns.
Wildfires often burn homes, as is the case in the current tragedy in California. Because they burn homes, vast amounts of chemicals from cleaning materials, insulations, etc. are part of the smoke's content.
According to AirNow, San Francisco will not be seeing relief from the toxic air anytime soon.
Many people agree that the air quality is abysmal.
Wow. Today, San Francisco has the #1 worst air quality in the world. The Camp Fire smoke has virtually shut down th… https://t.co/WbYqF7wo8S— David Pogue (@David Pogue)1542350809.0
Nope, that's not a Photoshopped image. This is the view from my coworker's husband's office in San Francisco on a n… https://t.co/Gy5C5lxP2z— Austin Dillman (@Austin Dillman)1542319401.0
Breathing the air in San Francisco today is the equivalent of smoking 11.5 cigarettes. And in Paradise, it's closer… https://t.co/x0z36rILsd— Lizzie Johnson (@Lizzie Johnson)1542392171.0
The air in San Francisco is PAINFUL to breathe, even in a 10-min car ride. Y'all are crazy to walk around outside without masks! 😷— RΔZUR (@RΔZUR)1542677684.0
Recently Uber drivers in the city have begun selling N95 respirator masks to their riders.
People are shocked that the air quality has brought people to such extremes.
bahahaa, the headlines, these days! https://t.co/z708PWPU9h— Shreyas Korad (@Shreyas Korad)1542605763.0
Sad to hear how my hometown area is suffering. The San Francisco air quality is so bad that Uber drivers are sellin… https://t.co/UlvLeUlxRD— fshines (@fshines)1542568676.0
Some are categorizing the endeavor as disaster capitalism and, considering the circumstances, find it distasteful.
I feel for Californians these days https://t.co/cWZM3LCRfj— Barry Tango (@Barry Tango)1542420551.0
@Recode For $5...sheesh....what a racket....how bout help people out...$1 or $2 is readonable @Uber #SMH— Gary Novelich (@Gary Novelich)1542396131.0
disaster capitalism is the fucking worst https://t.co/geuCReFsQX— jessica's fantastic yeets and where to find them (@jessica's fantastic yeets and where to find them)1542390711.0
But don't lose faith in humanity quite yet; some compassionate drivers have also been seen giving away the masks for free.