The sun isn’t expected to make an appearance for several days, according to meteorologists. Health officials are instructing residents to stay inside, and avoid outdoor activity, with air conditioners on and windows and doors closed.
Oregon governor Kate Brown declared a statewide emergency on Tuesday, with thousands of Oregonians being evacuated from their homes due to declining conditions.
“We do not have context for this amount of fire on the landscape,” Doug Grafe, chief of fire protection at the Oregon Department of Forestry, told reporters on Tuesday, as quoted by Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Can’t quite capture the orange of the California sky with your smartphone camera?
That’s because our photos are all fake now — with colors selected by AI, trained on what we think is pleasing. It decides what’s “real.”
In sum, it’s a climate catastrophe that has come home to roost — despite decades of evidence.
“We can no longer assume that there will always be a habitable planet for us — because unless we enact major changes now, there won’t be,” wrote Los Angeles local Henry Mantel in a letter to the LA Times.
The fires are raging with such a ferocity, in fact, that they can be easily spotted from space. A single gigantic cloud of dust recorded on September 6 even started obscuring all other scientific readings.
Warm air from fires rising up carrying water vapor with it can create a “thunderhead cloud” — as its name suggests, an apocalyptic clash of fire and lightning, the latter of which can even end up creating new fires, according to NASA.