Photos show eerie orange skies over California Bay as devastating wildfires rage – National

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California Bay Area residents woke up to ominous orange skies on Wednesday as uncontrollable wildfires continued to rage across the northern half of the state.Smoke and ash from the fires had cast a rusty tinge in the San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley areas.

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Locals shared images of the early morning sky on social media, and many noticed how dark it was still.

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Peter Gleick, a California-based climatologist, shared photos of the dark sky on Twitter shortly after 8 a.m. local time.

“The sun has been up for an hour and a half,” he wrote.

Aamir Vaid, a San Francisco resident, said he canceled his plans to have lunch downtown because of the dark sky.

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Vaid told The Associated Press he felt “strange and disturbing on the outside”.

“I feel like I should be sleeping in bed.”

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The Creek and North Complex fires are burning over 300 miles north of San Francisco, but high winds have carried smoke to the Bay Area.

In a video posted to Twitter on Wednesday, Bay Area Air Quality District meteorologist Jarrett Claiborne explained the phenomenon, saying visible sunlight is a combination of all the colors of the rainbow.

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“When we have particles in the air, they can act as filters and scatter certain colors,” he explained. “With smoke, for example, it filters out other colors allowing red, orange and yellow to reach the surface.”

“That’s why we have these colors this morning,” he says.

According to Claiborne, in the morning much of the smoke was above thanks to a “marine layer”, but it was expected to reach ground level in some areas by the afternoon .

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Bay Area Air Quality Management District spokesperson Erin DeMeritt told CNN that huge plumes of smoke generated by the wildfires raging across the state have led to the longest string of alerts on the unhealthy air quality never recorded in the Bay Area.

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There have now been 25 consecutive days of “Spare the Air” alerts, DeMerritt said.

The current alert has been extended until Friday.

(Photo AP / Tony Avelar)

(Photo AP / Tony Avelar).


(Photo AP / Tony Avelar)


Additionally, Drew Peterson, the National Weather Service’s Bay Area meteorologist, told The Associated Press that the smoke was blocking sunlight so much on Wednesday that the forecast for temperatures to rise to 32 ° C dropped to 15. , 5 ° C.

Peterson said it was as if the area was on a “perpetual sunless morning to help us warm up.”

(Photo par Burak Arik / Agence Anadolu via Getty Images)

(Photo par Burak Arik / Agence Anadolu via Getty Images).


(Photo par Burak Arik / Agence Anadolu via Getty Images)


In a tweet just before 7 p.m. local time in California, the National Weather Service for the San Francisco Bay Area shared a photo of the “sunset,” showing the sky still orange.

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Since mid-August, the fires in California have killed eight people, destroyed more than 3,600 structures, burned old redwoods, charred from the chaparral and forced evacuees in communities near the coast, in the wine country and along the Sierra. Nevada.










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California wildfires: 3 firefighters injured as thousands continue to fight state fires

Currently, more than two dozen fires are burning in the state.

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So far, the state has seen 7,606 fires in 2020, with more than 2.3 million acres burned, according to California Governor Gavin Newsom.

With files from The Associated Press

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