Dozens of wildfires have filled West Coast skies with thick smoke this summer. Near the California-Oregon border, the unhealthy air has forced people to wear smoke-filtering masks almost every day for more than a month. It's become part of everyday life.
But in recent weeks, people have gotten tired of wearing the plain white paper masks every day. Instead, they’re investing in nicer ones made of fabric, and some even have artsy designs.
Noa Traylor of Weed, California, found his mask online. It’s a black fabric mask with a white decal of a zipper.
“It’s super smoky right now,” he said. “I skate to work, so I decided to find a couple of masks. I’m really into fashion, so I decided to get a couple of these, and I really like this one.”
The mask Traylor bought online has the N95 rating, which means it filters 95 percent of the super small particles that can cause lung problems. It also fits his style. This particular design reminded him of an anime character.