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    How-To commute in smoke?

    Any tips on commuting in smoke? I rode in this morning and it was fine, two fires have cause very low visibility and dense smoke in my area. Any hints on how to handle it? Does the old wet bandana work?

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    Where are you at? I'm in far NorCal and we've been dying here. The old wet bandana helps. Tight fitting glasses help, but I still get the eye burn and the throat burn. I've been trying to not push so hard so my breathing doesn't increase, but it's hard not to. Bottom line: it sucks.
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    Panhandle of Nebraska.

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    did the wet bandanna. Worked great. Didn't know how good till the last few blocks, when I pulled the bandanna down. Wow..it makes a huge difference.
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    That last pic looks about like the last few weeks around here... except we have trees and mountains
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    I wiuld advise to go by car if possible.
    Ride more!

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    WTF...this blows my mind. Never in my life has smoke been an issue.

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    For the last few weeks, my town has been between what they're now calling "the 2nd largest wildfire in California history" (315,577 acres, but some is in Nevada, so the CA part is only 271,911. It's 42 miles long and 16 miles wide) and another fire that's 71,125 acres. In the meantime, 2 or 3 others have come and gone in the north. I just checked the fire update websites (part of the routine now), and they just declared the huge one 100% contained this morning. The other big one is at 91%, so it looks like the end is in sight. We knew fire season would be bad with the dry winter we had, but I hadn't considered the 'smoke factor' in the commute until this year either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    For the last few weeks, my town has been between what they're now calling "the 2nd largest wildfire in California history" (315,577 acres, but some is in Nevada, so the CA part is only 271,911. It's 42 miles long and 16 miles wide) and another fire that's 71,125 acres. In the meantime, 2 or 3 others have come and gone in the north. I just checked the fire update websites (part of the routine now), and they just declared the huge one 100% contained this morning. The other big one is at 91%, so it looks like the end is in sight. We knew fire season would be bad with the dry winter we had, but I hadn't considered the 'smoke factor' in the commute until this year either.
    Wow, that's crazy. I live in Massachusetts. We don't get the extreme weather and catastrophes that much of the rest of the country does. We do have the occasional small tornado, a hurricane every 10 or 15 years and we had a very small earthquake last summer, but nothing compared to what a lot of you see.

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    ^^ I'll take somewhat controlable (at least generally flee-able) wildfires over the earthquakes in the south (soCal), completely unpredictable tornadoes in the mid-west, and hurricaines in the south. At least I can cut a bunch of trees down at my house and do something to stop the advance of a fire... Hurricaine? Tornado? THOSE are scary.

    Edit: Dug up a pic from a week or so ago...

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    This:
    https://www.newint.org/features/2007..._palestine.jpg

    Or to avoid the can't breath effect of a gas mask, a powered filtered mask:

    * Powered & Supplied Air Respirators

    The bandana looks like an elegant solution to me, compared to these.

    BrianMc

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