The West Coast of the United States is ablaze this week, in an apocalyptic scene centered in California and radiating outward.
These fires have been raging for weeks now, bolstered by unseasonably dry weather and an unfortunately stiff breeze. To make matters worse, the true “fire season” is right around the corner, and will bring even more favorable conditions for these infernos to intensify.
Smoke from these fires has now reached as far as Yosemite National Park and parts of Oregon.
Yosemite National Park — the nation’s fifth “most visited” national park — has taken on the qualities of an alien world as a 152,833-acre Creek Fire burns out of control 60 miles to the south.
The blaze has been growing out of control since Sept. 4, generating a blanket of smoke and ash that has displaced colors and transformed day into dusk at nearby state and national parks.
Yosemite has been among the hardest hit, based on photos shared on social media. All show the park’s once magnificent vistas have turned orange, dingy and “ominous.”
Photos from the scene were trending on Twitter, and terrifying users.
The Sierras were once called 'The Range of Light.' Here's what it looks like in Yosemite as California faces the greatest siege of fire in recorded history pic.twitter.com/Gbi00vgr20
— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) September 8, 2020
It started in the forest south of Yosemite National Park and grew to 36,000 acres in just one day. By Sunday morning, the wildfire had engulfed 45,000 acres. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.https://t.co/LQz09JJ0SB
— Sofa King (@BillyWarpinjur) September 6, 2020
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is closed as a precaution in case the #CreekFire crosses into the park. Fire crews are taking preventative measures, as well (historic Mariposa Grove Museum, pictured). Yosemite is open; reservations required. Updates at https://t.co/117oGp6Re2. pic.twitter.com/Hol7hjDSft
— Yosemite National Park (@YosemiteNPS) September 7, 2020
In Oregon, the scene was equally frightening.
— Christine Pitawanich (@CPitawanichKGW) September 8, 2020
Bruh Oregon really on fire right now…. this ain’t photoshop either!!! ?? pic.twitter.com/9Xwqd0ohPr
— Louisiana ⚜️ Boy (@FlyAir4) September 8, 2020
The National Guard has been busy in recent days, evacuating those trapped by the fires using helicopters and other military vehicles.
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