Masks in limited supply as Camp Fire smoke suffocates Bay Area


Bay Area residents looking for a relief from the toxic air rushed Saturday morning to get proper masks. 

With most cities engulfed in smoke, activities like exercising require extra protection. 

Now although some people chose to do a little outdoor shopping in Walnut Creek, a few hours in a movie theater seemed to be a healthier choice. 

Stephanie Peterson said, “We’re trying to stay out of the air and get inside.”

Peterson said the smoke was irritating and gave her a headache. 

A hardware store in Hayward limited customers to two masks per person due to the limited supply,

Raymond Kwong and his wife were among the early birds at Hayward Headward to purchase respirator masks. 

“The particles could get into your lungs and affect your health,” Kwong said. 

Longtime owner Jim Wieder, says the shipment of about 2,000 masks came in around 4 a.m. 

“They last for seven days max, eight hours max,” he said. 

Wieder said he sold out quickly and has no clue when the next batch of masks will come in. 

“This is the most unique situation we’ve ever had in the history of the store really,” he said. 



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