People across the San Francisco Bay area woke up to unbelievably orange skies, almost mimicking the looks of a scene from the red planet over- Mars; thanks to the escaping wildfire smokes trapped in the higher atmospheric strata.
Many people questioned if this darkness is a metaphor of the time, in the age of pandemics, climate change, global warming, social unrest, and so on, and so forth.
The San Francisco Chronicle wrote –
“Strange and foreboding it (the orange sky) was. And how long it would last was, like the sky, unclear. For the first time ever, tomorrow’s sunrise no longer seemed a sure thing.”
And the sure thing it was! While in ‘normal times’ the city that is wide awake with nothing but bright West coast sunshine permeating every corner, it wore an apocalyptic twilight-like facade on Wednesday.
Hours after sunrise on Wednesday (Sept 9th), the Bay area had all the lights lit; cars crept with headlights on, and streetlights were on illuminating the orangish atmosphere, adding to the strangeness.
Across California, raging wildfires have unleashed tons of ash-laden smoke in the atmosphere finally blotting the sun out. The Sierra Nevada fire that blasted though the foothills contributed to the already smoke-laden vicinity of the state.
“We know the smoke, darkness, and orange glow is scary,” the California fire department said in a tweet. “It’s going to get better.”
The city’s iconic golden gate bridge was barely visible on both the tip of the towering pillars at a point of time, as thick misty smokes shrouded them effectively.
A meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento told the New York Times that smokes from the nearby Bear Fire shot up to 40,000 feet overnight creating a “huge cloud of ash and ice,” much like thunderclouds.
As of Thursday record, 672,000 acres of land has been burnt by 37 forest fires raging in the northern region, according to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.
The magnitude of the blaze in the last 24-hours have been so intense, Oregon governor Kate Brown said: “This could be the greatest loss of human lives and property due to wildfires in our state’s history.”