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In California, a rush to get some breathing room : Alarmed by the dense smoke from wildfires, consumers are snapping up home air purifiers and masks.

Aug 06, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

When the Camp fire began to rage in Paradise, Calif., in November, the owners of the family-run Collier Hardware store in nearby Chico faced a situation unlike any they'd seen.

A business that might welcome 200 customers on an average day, Collier was suddenly dealing with five times that number -- "and they all wanted the same thing," co-owner Steve Lucena said.

Alarmed by dense smoke, shoppers were snapping up portable air purifiers and breathing masks in staggering numbers. Collie...