I just tried to take some pictures of the blood red sun outside my kitchen window and none of the them are capturing the eeriness of the sight.
The sky is filled with haze, and other than the brownish tinge to it, it reminds me of the foggy days growing up in San Francisco.
Only the skies over the Sacramento area are generally bright blue. It looks like winter outside.
And it smells like a thousand ash trays were thrown into the BBQ and cooked right in front of your captive nostrils.
What experts are calling "unprecedented" lightning storms are the culprits in the more than 800 fires burning throughout the Golden State, all but a couple in the northern part of the state. Imagine--more than 5,000 lightning strikes!
The smell of the smoke on your clothes and in your car and house are minor inconveniences compared to the terrible (dangerous in some parts) toll they can take on your breathing. In some areas, people with weakened immunity and breathing conditions are advised to stay inside if possible.
Two of the biggest fires are within two hours of us but you wouldn't know it looking out the window. I can't imagine being at ground zero at any of these fires if it looks like this here.
Thousands of acres continue to burn and firefighters have been injured.
It's all an awesome and humbling and frightening reminder of the power of nature and how little we become when viewed against its immense backdrop.