Western wildfires: Why the sun looks red over eastern states this week

Western wildfires: Why the sun looks red over eastern states this week

07/22/2021

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Amidst a backdrop of hazy gray skies, the sun glowed with a reddish-orange hue on Tuesday above the eastern U.S.

The color change is due to plumes of smoke originating from West Coast and Canadian wildfires that have traveled thousands of miles, carried by the jet stream.

There are 19,300 firefighters and support personnel working to fight the blazes, including Oregon’s weather-generating Bootleg Fire.

The 2020 wildfire season saw close to 10.3 million acres go up in flames across the West, exceeding the 2000-2010 average by more than half. 

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