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Smoke and fog blanket San Francisco in an apocalyptic orange sky

San Francisco / The intense smoke of these days due to the fires declared in California (USA) joined the fog on Wednesday and covered San Francisco with an unprecedented sky of an intense orange color that reminded the imaginary of the Apocalypse.

The fog, common at this time in this part of the state, had been absent during the last few days, but today it returned with intensity and left skies as never before remembered, with hardly any light at midday and an almost red orange that to turn “inked” everything else, leaving postcards as beautiful as terrifying.

The reason why this phenomenon occurs is because the fog and cold air coming from the ocean prevent the smoke (driven by hot air) from reaching the ground, and keep it in a higher layer of the atmosphere – paradoxically, the quality of the air this Wednesday is better than in recent days-, and this in turn is in charge of blocking the sunlight.

Despite the fact that the air that is breathed is better than that of the previous days, the smoke continues to leave ashes that cover vehicles, homes, public furniture and the tables and chairs of restaurants that serve abroad because of the Covid pandemic- 19.

More than 40 fires in California

More than forty fires are still active in California, twenty of them classified by the authorities as “major fires”, in the worst season recorded in that state to date.

In total, the area has registered more than 7,600 fires since the beginning of the year and until September it has already destroyed more than 930,000 hectares and emitted enormous amounts of smoke into the atmosphere.

These figures take on greater relevance compared to last year, since in all of 2019 fewer than 5,000 fires were declared, which burned 118,000 acres, that is, 47,000 hectares.

The great fear of the authorities is that these numbers have been reached even before what in recent years had been the fire “season”, between October and November, and that this year it is expected to be especially dangerous due to the extreme dryness. (September 10, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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de lo que temen las autoridades del estado de California.
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del número de incendios que hubo en California el año pasado.
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el cielo tenía un color anaranjado en la ciudad de San Francisco.
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el humo ya había desaparecido cuando la niebla cubrió toda la ciudad de San Francisco.
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el cielo estaba totalmente despejado en toda la ciudad de San Francisco.
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hasta ahora el humo no había dejado cenizas sobre los vehículos.
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esa estampa de la ciudad de San Francisco no daba miedo.
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el humo permanecía en la capa superior de la atmósfera a causa de la niebla y del aire frío.
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ya se ha logrado extinguir todos los fuegos que se habían declarado en California.
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más de novecientas mil hectáreas se han arrasado este año a causa de los incendios.
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se descarta que pueda haber peligro en Califonia a causa de la extrema sequedad.
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se puede ver el sol sin ningún problema.
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no hay nadie caminando por las calles de San Francisco.
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En general, el Apocalipsis se asocia con...  
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la creación del mundo.
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el fin del mundo.
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la
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lo
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el
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da miedo.
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