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Apocalypse sky in California: images of an incredible day


IN PICTURES - Residents of San Francisco woke up to a strange orange light on Wednesday, generated by smoke from the numerous wildfires.

San Francisco and other parts of the west coast of the United States lived under dark orange skies worthy of a post-apocalyptic movie scene Wednesday, due to smoke from the fires that continue to ravage California.

The mixture of fog and smoke gave the city a surreal feel as if the sun had not risen all day.

Walking through the streets of San Francisco around noon - headlights on - you could see locals working on their computers by the light of their lamps, to see clearly in the glowing darkness.

The smoke involved

“The orange sky is due to smoke from forest fires in the air,” the San Francisco Bay Air Pollution Control Agency tweeted.

"These smoke particles scatter blue light and only allow yellow, orange and red rays to reach the surface, giving the sky that orange color."

SEE ALSO - "It looks like the apocalypse": the fires in California plunge San Francisco into an orange fog

More than two dozen fires raged across California, and nearly a thousand firefighters battled the blaze dubbed Creek Fire in the upstate Fresno area, which spread to more than 56,000 hectares.

Reality goes beyond science fiction

Surprisingly, after many days of smelling smoke and ash in the air, and a wave of heat waves over the weekend, the atmosphere seemed breathable on Wednesday.

And despite the warm colors, it was cool in San Francisco (16 degrees in the afternoon), with the smoke screen blocking out the sun's rays.

On social networks, users competed in terror and humor, with references to scenes from apocalyptic films or jokes about the year 2020, decidedly synonymous with disasters, even for a region accustomed to earthquakes and fires.

"California is LITERALLY in Blade Runner 2049," film critic Kevin Lee tweeted wryly, with footage taken from the sci-fi film, where a lone hero is seen advancing towards covered ruins. of orange dust, under a sky of the same color.

Source: lefigaro

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