On July 1, San Francisco residents woke up to an orange haze that enveloped the coastal city. The eerie weather event was the result of nearby wildfires in two Northern California counties in the days prior, which prompted evacuations locally and sent smoke down to San Francisco. Lake County and Yolo County, both a few hours away from San Francisco, experienced fast-moving wildfires due to rising temperatures, steady winds, and low humidity.
The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management reassured residents that air quality would be OK; however, the lingering smoke might affect "unusually sensitive people." Pictures of the orange sky were posted across the internet, with many making grim comparisons to Blade Runner 2049. Ahead, see several captivating pictures of the surreal sky on that day.