• Mark White

2018 Wildfires & Seattle Haze: Facemasks Long Before Covid


A commuter on her way to work, August 22, 2018.

As forest fires raged throughout the northwest in the summer of 2018, Seattle's air quality plummeted, with an Air Quality Index measured in parts of the city as high as 220, or "very unhealthy." For comparison sake, breathing air with an Air Quality Index of 150 was the equivalent of smoking seven cigarettes a day.


Long before Covid, face masks made an appearance throughout the city during the wildfire season. These shots are taken early August 22 in the Pioneer Square neighborhood.




Pioneer Square, August 22, 2018 at 7:32 am.

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