San Francisco residents woke up to an apocalyptically orange sky on Wednesday morning, as the West Coast continues to battle a series of devastating wildfires.
Twitter has been overwhelmed with photos of the fires in California, caused by a combination of lightning storms and… gender reveal parties.
The biggest wildfire in the state is the Creek Fire in the Madera and Fresno counties, which has reportedly burned an area the size of Central Park every 30 minutes over the past several days.
In San Fran, the regional air pollution control agency said the orange skies are a result of wildfire smoke in the area.
“Strong winds over the past few days transported ash from fires in northern California and the Sierra Nevada into the region,” Bay Area Air Quality explained on Twitter.
“These smoke particles scatter blue light and only allow yellow-orange-red light to reach the surface, causing skies to look orange.”
“We are dealing with the reality of some 14,000 lightning strikes over a 72-hour period,” he said. “Trust me, that did not occur last year. That had previously occurred in the late 1980s.”
“But when you add to the lightning strikes, the fact that you have 150 plus million dead trees related to a five plus year historic drought in the state of California. Yes, I conclude climate change profoundly has impacted the reality that we’re currently experiencing.”
On Wednesday, 14,000 firefighters were said to be fighting the 28 major fires across the state. More than 2.5 million acres have burned this year, which – according to the New York Times – is 20 times what burned this time last year.
A state of emergency has been declared in Fresno, Mariposa, Madera Counties, and San Bernardino County.
The pictures from San Fran really are like a scene straight out of Blade Runner: 2049.
left: san francisco/bay area rn right: blade runner 2049 pic.twitter.com/52JPRuHIBU— anaïs (@anaisisdrawing) September 9, 2020
This is unreal. The San Francisco Embarcadero 9/9/20.— Briana Whitney (@BrianaWhitney) September 9, 2020
San Francisco 09.09.20 pic.twitter.com/QdqUtKiqOT— Zneha (@mithrilmaker) September 9, 2020
It's noon in San Francisco. pic.twitter.com/id1qZ7rfr3— Jared Petty (@pettycommajared) September 9, 2020
This next picture was taken by a drone for The Verge.
I've never seen anything like this in San Francisco. Ever. pic.twitter.com/134UVRopix— Chris Ceg (@chrisceg) September 9, 2020
One more, to push you over the edge.
Sorry but I feel like I’m going insane. A bright glowing advertisement truck went by my street in Oakland and it was loudly saying instructions about proper coronavirus hygiene practices. With the orange sky. pic.twitter.com/rJri7ta2aT— Rebel without applause (@Allief0rnia) September 9, 2020