Wildfires Raging Again! When Will We Be Able to Breathe Easier?

Unfortunately, we’ve seen this movie before. And we know it doesn’t end well.

Western wildfires are back in the news. In a big way. The fires raging through northern California are the largest in state history. And that’s saying a lot.

The Ranch Fire and the River Fire – together they’re being called the Mendocino Complex Fire – are burning in and around several northern California counties. Altogether, 16 different fires are blazing.

The statistics on these fires change daily. But the latest newscast said that 75 homes had been destroyed and 283,800 acres of land had been scorched. Evacuations are up to the tens of thousands… and increasing.

Conditions Ripe for Disaster

The previous record for a California fire occurred just last year. The Thomas Fire burned 281,893 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties in 2017.

Another current major fire called the Ferguson Fire killed two people and injured 11. It forced the closure of some of the most popular parts of Yosemite National Park.

High heat, along with windy and dry conditions are making it almost impossible for the 14,000 exhausted firefighters to handle.

It’s gotten so bad that firefighters from Australia and New Zealand have been brought in to assist.

‘It Is Now Deadly’

One of the fires that got this whole thing started recently was the Carr Fire. It burned more than 160,000 acres, destroyed more than 1,600 structures and killed seven people.

And it resulted in the White House approving a disaster declaration for Shasta County.

Jonathan Cox is a battalion chief with Cal Fire. He had some ominous words to say about fighting the Carr Fire in Redding, California.

“We’re in a life-saving mode right now,” he said. “We’re not fighting a fire. We’re trying to move people out of the path of it because it is now deadly.”

Poisoning the Air

In addition to taking lives, decimating buildings and burning the landscape, wildfires cause considerable and dangerous air pollution.

Earlier this week, officials said the air quality in Seattle was worse than in Beijing, who is known for their horrible air pollution.

And USA Today reported that the smoke is drifting across the US, and has been reported as far east as New England.

One of our customers, Jeff from northern California, recently sent us a note about fires and smoke in his area.

“I retired several years ago and moved to the mountains of northern California, in between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park,” he wrote. “As you are probably aware, we have some major fire catastrophes occurring all around here.

‘Little Workhorses Are Cleaning My Air’

“The air is so thick with smoke here, it is depressing besides being extremely unhealthy. Several years ago I purchased a couple Alexapure Breeze air filters. The pollens in our new area were kicking my family’s rear end.

“I set them up and the majority of our issues disappeared. I was quite pleased and a fan of these devices. Fast forward to today.

“The smoke from the wildfires has settled in and it is very difficult to breathe. I have my Alexapure’s running full blast throughout the house and I see them go from purple to red to blue multiple times a day.

“I don’t smell the smoke in the house and I realize these things are cleaning the air way more than I can sense or detect.

“I am very pleased and wanted you to know. Love to see that blue indication, knowing these little workhorses are cleaning my air in a very difficult environment.”

That’s great to hear, Jeff. Thanks for letting us know.

CDC Reports: Poor Indoor Air Quality is a Big Problem

If you live near any of these fires, you know exactly what Jeff is referring to. But even if you don’t, it’s very likely that you are breathing in dangerous toxins every day.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that poor indoor air quality is a big problem.

Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. This means that indoor air pollution can be worse for people’s health than outdoor air pollution.

Joseph Allen is a professor of exposure assessment science at Harvard University. He says most indoor air pollution occurs inside schools, homes and workplaces.

No matter how “clean” your house is, you’re surrounded by microscopic threats.

Dust mites, pollen, pet dander, and even chemicals leech from your carpet and furniture.

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