A Sign Of The Times? Unprecedented Fires Have Turned Skies Bright Orange And Blood Red Over California And Oregon
2020 has been an incredibly difficult year for the U.S. as a whole, but no part of the country has been hit harder than the states along the west coast. It has just been one thing after another all year long, and now unprecedented wildfires have turned the skies bright orange and blood red over vast stretches of California and Oregon. Many are using the word “apocalyptic” to describe what is happening, and others have said that the skies look like something out of a science fiction movie. And even though hundreds of thousands of acres have already burned in Oregon and Washington, and even though more than two million acres have already burned in California, officials are warning that conditions will get even worse as we head into “the teeth of the wildfire season”.
I can’t remember a time when skies have turned completely red for an extended period of time in the state of Oregon, but that is precisely what we witnessed on Wednesday. The following comes from an article entitled “Skies turn blood-red above Oregon in apocalyptic scenes from wildfire-ravaged state”…
Journalist Christine Pitawanich from KGW 8 is heard explaining in the video: “This, right here, is downtown Stayton.
“You can see the red hue, the red-orange glow in the sky. There is ash, falling visibly in front of the headlights of the car.
“But downtown, basically, empty here beside a few people walking around.
Can you imagine the panic that people living in that part of Oregon must be feeling right now?
According to Governor Kate Brown, these red skies are being caused by an “unprecedented” fire event…
Oregon Governor Kate Brown said the incident is “proving to be an unprecedented and significant fire event for our state”.
So far, an estimated 200,000 acres of land has been scorched.
Of course California has been dealing with “unprecedented” fire events for a few weeks now, and on Wednesday morning residents of San Francisco awoke to find that the skies above their city had turned “a pumpkin orange color”…
Just when Bay Area residents thought the world outside couldn’t get stranger, the sky Wednesday dimly glowed a pumpkin orange color you’d expect to see on Mars.
With wildfire smoke high aloft in the atmosphere, the sky was a sickly yellow on Tuesday, but today a thicker blanket of toxic air is traveling overhead and the color turned an even stranger, richer hue.
And just like in Oregon, ash from nearby wildfires is falling in large quantities.
In fact, it is being reported that at one point so much ash was falling in the Bay Area that “it looked like moderate to heavy snow”…
In some spots the sooty air reached the ground, and National Weather Service forecaster Roger Gass said a weather spotter saw falling ash at Buchanan Field Airport in Concord.
“They reported a significant amount of ash,” said Gass. “Almost to the point where it looked like moderate to heavy snow.”
This has already been the worst wildfire season in the history of the state of California, and we haven’t even gotten to the heart of wildfire season yet.
More than two million acres have already been burned, and normally October and November are the worst months for wildfires in the state.
Extreme heat and a bitter drought combined to create ideal conditions for wildfires to break out, and California Governor Gavin Newsom says that there were “14,000 lightning strikes” during one recent 24 hour period…