clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

5 haunting photos of California’s orange and red sky

California is seeing orange skies right now due to the wildfires.

Smoke from California wildfires obscures the sky over Oracle Park as the Seattle Mariners take batting practice before their baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in San Francisco.
Smoke from California wildfires obscures the sky over Oracle Park as the Seattle Mariners take batting practice before their baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in San Francisco.
Tony Avelar, Associated Pressw

Wildfires in California have turned the sky into an apocalyptic red-orange over the last few days.

The San Francisco area has seen blood red skies as wildfires continue to rage through the reason, BBC News reports.

  • 14,000 firefighters are battling 28 fires across the state.
  • The wildfires have burned more than 2.5 million acres.
  • At least eight people have died from the fires.

Catherine Geeslin, who lives near San Francisco, told the San Francisco Chronicle she couldn’t believe how scary the skies were.

  • “It feels like the end of the world.”
  • “It was alarming to see it’s still dark. And it will be strange to have lunch in the dark. But you still have to get on with your day.”

Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), said a dark plume of smoke has blocked out the sun.

  • “Extremely dense & tall smoke plumes from numerous large wildfires, some of which have been generating nocturnal pyrocumulunimbus clouds (“fire thunderstorms”), are almost completely blocking out the sun across some portions of Northern California this morning.”

Take a look at the photos of the orange sky below.

Smoke from California wildfires obscures the sky over Oracle Park as the Seattle Mariners take batting practice before their baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in San Francisco.
Smoke from California wildfires obscures the sky over Oracle Park as the Seattle Mariners take batting practice before their baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in San Francisco.
Tony Avelar, Associated Press
Under darkened skies from wildfire smoke, a jogger makes his way along McCovey Cove outside Oracle Park on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in San Francisco.
Under darkened skies from wildfire smoke, a jogger makes his way along McCovey Cove outside Oracle Park on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in San Francisco.
Tony Avelar, Associated Press
Under darkened skies from wildfire smoke, a sailboat makes its way past the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and lights at Oracle Park Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in San Francisco.
Under darkened skies from wildfire smoke, a sailboat makes its way past the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and lights at Oracle Park Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in San Francisco.
Eric Risberg, Associated Press
Under darkened skies from wildfire smoke, a truck driver unloads liquor at Fisherman’s Wharf Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in San Francisco.
Under darkened skies from wildfire smoke, a truck driver unloads liquor at Fisherman’s Wharf Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in San Francisco.
Eric Risberg, Associated Press
The sun is seen against a sky turned orange with smoke from wildfires as it sets, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, near Sumner, Wash., south of Seattle.
The sun is seen against a sky turned orange with smoke from wildfires as it sets, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, near Sumner, Wash., south of Seattle.
Ted S. Warren, Associated Press