We are nowhere near any of the many fires burning right now in California, and yet our air is grey. Last night, we didn't have a sunset at all. The sky faded from pale grey to charcoal grey to black. Eerie.
The local government is encouraging people to stay inside, and to avoid strenuous activity. The weather forecast calls for "smoke."
This map shows the status of fires in California at 8am on Friday (for some reason, I can't open the image for Saturday). It really is worth clicking on the image, and reading the information. The number of acres burning, and percentage of containment is astonishing.
I can't imagine what life must be like for people living near these blazes.