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West Coast Sees Orange Skies

Updated: Sep 11

By Eris Lowdermilk


The west coast skies of the United States are currently consumed by the recent forest fires. As a result, an alarming orange hue overpowering cities throughout the west coast. 


There are currently at least 24 wildfires in California, 14 in Oregon, and 12 in Washington, and together are extremely catastrophic. About 2.5 million acres of land in California has been destroyed, leaving thousands of residents to evacuate. The residents have also been asked to not make smoke reports to 911 because of the debris from the forest fires. 


As the smoke engulfs districts throughout the Bay Area, the ground has overall good to moderate air quality. These clouds are simply passing through these areas, therefore the air quality at ground level is safe. Only the air qualities of the North and East Bay areas will be impacted.


The winds pushing the clouds are expected to go north, and the orange haze should disappear by nighttime.


There are currently at least 24 wildfires in California, 14 in Oregon and 12 in Washington and together are extremely catastrophic. About 2.5 million acres of land in California has been destroyed, leaving thousands of the residents to evacuate. The residents have also been asked to not make smoke reports to 911 because of the debris from the forest fires. 


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Graff, Amy. Thick wildfire smoke blocks sun, turns Bay Area sky orange. SF Gate. https://www.sfgate.com/news/editorspicks/article/Bay-Area-sky-orange-wildfire-smoke-San-Francisco-15553461.php




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