Washington Post

California's deadliest wildfire is also a massive air quality problem

Tape marks a spot where sheriff's deputies recovered the body of a Camp Fire victim on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. Thousands of homes were destroyed when flames hit Paradise, a former gold-mining camp popular with retirees, on Nov. 8, killing multiple people in California's deadliest wildfire. Foto: (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

The Camp Fire roaring through northern California - the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California's history - has left a stagnant plume of smoke over cities more than 100 miles away, causing stores to sell out of respirator masks and sending some of the state's most vulnerable to the hospital.

Wildfire smoke, thick with soot and other particles, sent the air quality plummeting in the Bay Area to the "very unhealthy" level - the second lowest rating, just above "hazardous" - in the week since the Camp Fire started, said Bay Area Air Quality Management District spokesman Walter Wallace. By midday Wednesday, the air quality advisory for the Bay Region had improved slightly to the "unhealthy" level...

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