Glowing orange sky, thick smoke: People in the West share surreal scenes of living amid wildfires

Glowing orange sky, thick smoke: People in the West share surreal scenes of living amid wildfires


A driver recorded the dramatic moments as they drove through the Beachie Creek Fire in Mill City, Oregon, on Sept. 8.


Wildfires raged across parts of the western U.S. on Wednesday, with more hot, dry gusty winds forecast to drive flames into new levels of ferocity. 

About 40 wildfires were burning in California alone. Blazes were also reported in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming and Montana. Smoke has been detected at least as far east as New Mexico.

The wildfires scorching the western U.S. have created some surreal, nightmarish scenes. Here are a few photos and videos of what residents in the West are seeing right outside their own front doors and in their neighborhoods as the blazes continue to rage:

And my street at noon.

— Carrie Thompson (@ctkat1) September 9, 2020

Smoke blots out the sun in Sonoma County. Photos from 6:40AM and

— Jason Sadowski (@Jason_Sadowski) September 9, 2020

snapped this on my route

— scot (@scotgratis) September 9, 2020

More on the western wildfires:

California ablaze: Striking satellite imagery shows how the fires are unfolding

There are at least 35 active wildfires in Oregon. Here’s how you can help.

‘Unprecedented’ wildfires burn across West: California firefighters injured, Oregon residents flee flames

The Golden Gate Bridge.

Almost 9 in the morning.

It’s pitch black outside.


— Drew Tuma (@DrewTumaABC7) September 9, 2020

Woke up this morning and it’s pitch black out still. The sun is hidden behind all the smoke. One of the fires is moving down the hill near where I work. Not gonna lie, it’s pretty scary right now. You can see the smoke coming off the

— Garblah Gaming (@GarblahGaming) September 9, 2020

It feels borderline #apocalyptic in #Berkeley right now. My #iPhone cannot quite capture the yellowish brown color or the density of the fog/smoke. I’ve never seen anything like this before.

— Ariel Nava Photo (@arielnavaphoto) September 9, 2020

Lake Oroville (@ house boats)

9/9/2020 8:16am #CaliforniaWildfires

Bear Fire

Claremont Fire


— 🐯 (@ayenariaa_) September 9, 2020

The sky outside right now in Northern CA. I’ve been living in Southern CA for over 10 years now and this is the first major fire I’ve witnessed in NorCal in that time.

— Carrie 📎 (@CLB007) September 9, 2020

Meanwhile in Oregon..

The wildfires making it look straight apocalyptic 😱

📷 Reddit:

— Buitengebieden (@BuitengebiedenB) September 8, 2020

Me nephew sippin’ on chocolate milk, watching the apocalypse.

— Santiago Mejia (@SantiagoMejia) September 9, 2020

Surfers at Ocean Beach in San Francisco today around noon under an #orangesky due to smoke from wildfires in Northern California and Oregon.

— Beth LaBerge (@bethlaberge) September 9, 2020

Contributing: The Associated Press

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