Wednesday was about as bad it gets in northern California — smoky and searing hot. The mercury reached 107 degrees in Sacramento and 113 degrees in Placerville. The worst smoke readings were in Roseville and Folsom — very unhealthy. And ozone reached unhealthy levels, too.
People everywhere were adjusting: working and shopping for fans earlier in the day, staying inside to play, canceling outdoor events and taking precautions at job sites.
Here's a look at how people — highway construction crews, farm laborers, shoppers, students and firefighters, were coping.