Oregon: wildfires turn daytime sky into a hellish shade of red

An outbreak of wildfires has spread across Oregon. As Oregon Public Broadcasting explains:

Thousands of Oregonians were evacuated from their homes Tuesday, as conditions led to a spate of surging wildfires state officials said is unprecedented in modern memory.


The gusts that began Monday gave new life to fires that had burned in central and eastern Marion County for weeks, eventually creating what officials are calling the Santiam Fire. It swept quickly down the canyons west of the cascades on Monday and Tuesday prompting evacuations in a swath of communities east of Salem.

Meanwhile intensifying fires east of Eugene, near Ashland and along the coast also demanded attention and prompted evacuation orders in towns and state prisons. The Mt. Hood National Forest has been shut down to the public until further notice.

Scary stuff. But it's even scarier when you see what it's done to the atmosphere:

It reminds me of that old saying:

Red sky at night, sailor's delight
Red sky at noon, our climate change doom

Thousands evacuate, emergency declared as 'unprecedented' fires spread through state [Erin Ross, Meerah Powell, and Dirk VanderHart / Oregon Public Broadcasting]

Reporter's notebook: Wildfires in Marion, Clackamas and Washington counties [KGW8 Oregon]