In October 2017, wildfires ravaged much of North Bay, the subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area often referred to as “Wine Country.” Over a three-week period, 250 fires burned at least 245,000 acres of land, killed 44 civilians, and destroyed 8,900 buildings.
But there were a handful of homes within range of the fires that didn’t burn down.
On the first night of the fires, a blaze reached the roof of a home in Napa and destroyed everything in the house except its exterior walls.
Later in the month, another fire torched the formerly lush green lawn of a…
In November 2018, the Camp Fire blaze leveled the idyllic rural town of Paradise — tragically killing 85 people and burning 153,000 acres — and sent a cloud of noxious smoke into the Bay Area. For weeks, the smoke crept under doorways and between window panes. You couldn’t keep it out of your house, even if you tried.
As huge swaths of land went up in flames, some Bay Area residents noticed something odd: their social media feeds were peppered with content from the air purifier startup Molekule, a sleek, San Francisco-based company that claims its $800 air purifier can…
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