With only 45% of containment as of November 16, 2018 at 7:20 am, the Camp Fire has become the most destructive fire in the recorded history of California wildfires. 63 people have been killed, over 500 are still missing, and 11,000 structures have been destroyed.
As the Camp Fire continues to burn, smoke is drifting south and settling into the Bay Area and Sacramento. With low wind speed conditions and no rain forecasted until around Thanksgiving Day, smoke has been building up in those areas, creating hazardous air quality conditions.
The continual arrival of smoke has pushed cities in the northern California area to air pollution levels to some of the highest around the world. As of the readings for City Average Particulate Air Pollution (PM2.5) for Friday, November 16 2018 for 8:00am PT, California cities occupy the 2nd through 6th rankings globally. Only Newcastle in South Africa is ranked higher.
The rankings for average city air pollution measurements continues to fluctuate depending on the conditions in California and the changing pollution levels in cities around the world.
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