The Northern California “Camp Fire” has, so far, claimed the lives of at least nine people and devastated the Butte County town of Paradise. The fire has grown to 90,000 acres and destroyed 6,713 structures — nearly all homes in its path — making it the most destructive fire in California history.
The fire is about 140 miles northeast of San Francisco, but its effects are being felt all across the Bay Area, with smoky skies and an air quality index that is “unhealthy.” It’s so bad, in fact, that many flights were canceled at San Francisco International Airport and Bay Area residents have been advised to stay indoors. But as a dog owner whose dog expects to be walked three or four times a day, I can’t really stay indoors.
The Camp Fire is only about five percent contained and there is no rain in the forecast. But at least the winds have died down, so maybe that will help firefighters get this thing under control.
The photo at the top of this post was taken yesterday afternoon at around 3:00 and shows the sun partially obscured by the smoky haze. And the colors are unfiltered. That’s the actual color of the afternoon sky.