I will never forget the Pacific Northwest Heat Dome of 2021. https://www.seattlemet.com/news-and-city-life/hottest-day-history-seattle-heat-dome-2021
Heavy smoke event is kind of like the pandemic compressed and running in fast-forward. The air all around you is trying to kill you and you need a solid mask to avoid it. Whereas with the pandemic you can't safely go to places with a lot of people, with smoke you can't even leave your house and being in your house might not be enough if you don't have good seals and filtration.
I posted this same article to LinkedIn and got two HVAC techs from Texas joking about how they're acclimated to hot weather. Interesting to unpack that they are exposing themselves to unsafe situations and are uninterested in improving their situations.
On the internet, everyone knows you're a cat — and that's totally okay.