More than 90 major fires are raging in 13 Western states, photos shared on social media show apocalyptic orange skies, California Army National Guard rescued a total of 373 people, Paradise, which was devastated in the 2018 Camp Fire, San Bernardino County residents were under evacuation orders Wednesday afternoon, unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state, recommending that trick-or-treating not happen this year, one-studio public radio station in a tiny Marin County town, Radio Indígena is informing indigenous migrant farmworkers about the pandemic, "I can't survive with the current mandates,", Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. Record-setting wildfires burning across Colorado, California, Oregon, and Washington are ejecting soot, ash, and smoke into the air amid searing heat. The dirty air could also worsen the symptoms associated with the respiratory infection. Rebecca Plevin. "It's frustrating and scary," he said. In California: Apocalyptic orange skies and dramatic rescues as fires rage . USA TODAY. The fire has damaged or destroyed more than 365 structures, including Cressman's General Store in Shaver Lake, which has been a popular halfway stop along Highway 168 for bicyclists, motorcyclists, skiers and RV enthusiasts since the booming days of the logging industry at the turn of the 20th century, according to The Bee. “The one thing that we’ve noticed in this season in particular … is just the geographic scale of the wildfire smoke, because there are so many large fires,” said Amy MacPherson, a spokesperson for the California Air Resources Board. According to the World Health Organization, fine particle pollution, which can come from trucks, factories, and dust, leads to 7 million deaths per year around the world. However, the billowing plumes from fires can become a major threat to the heart and lungs. As we head into autumn, California’s strong seasonal winds are also poised to pick up. Another factor making the ongoing fire season’s air quality so hazardous is the sheer scale of the ongoing wildfires. “We have really amazing geography for trapping pollution over the city,” Paulson said. Share your story at (831) 776-5137 or email, Map traces current wildfires burning across state in real-time, What Creek Fire looks like in Shaver Lake, nearby towns, Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. That generated a massive amount of smoke.". Persistent exposure to these kinds of fine particles can be deadly. But the biggest threats from smoke come from some of the tiniest particles, particularly those with a diameter smaller than 2.5 microns, known as PM2.5. Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images An orange sky filled with wildfire smoke hangs above hiking trails in Concord, California, on September 9. "It feels like we're looking at it through an Instagram filter. We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. Thick clouds of particles are wafting over cities and rural areas alike, and turned the Bay Areas’s azure skies ruddy on Wednesday. “We find ourselves in these fire seasons where the number of people who are impacted by multiple days of high concentrations of particulate matter is really unique to the last few years,” said the California Air Resources Board’s MacPherson. Mountains surrounding Los Angeles can act as a basin, while the city’s location between the ocean and the desert creates multiple atmospheric configurations that pin down dirty air over Angelenos. Millions of people rely on Vox to understand how the policy decisions made in Washington, from health care to unemployment to housing, could impact their lives. Let's hope so. The Creek Fire in Fresno and Madera counties has grown to more than 163,000 acres and remained at 0% containment on Wednesday afternoon.