The Camp Fire began early in the morning on Thursday, November 8. In five days, it has burned 117,000 acres and is only 30% contained. It is already the most destructive and deadliest fire in California’s history. 7,639 structures—including 6,607 homes—have been destroyed. As of Monday evening, the death toll stands at 42 and is expected to rise. More than 200 people are still reported as missing.
In San Francisco, the sky is hazy with smoke; the air smells like burning wood. Going outside requires a calculated risk assessment based on the latest air quality readings. It’s no longer a matter of Is there smoke? but How bad is it? How many more days can I keep my four-year-old inside without all of us going crazy?
Orange is just normal now. Red is mostly fine, for a little while, until the next alert.