San Francisco Bay Area residents awoke to darkened orange and yellow skies on Wednesday morning, as smoke from fires raging across California and the West rose into the upper atmosphere and blotted out the sun.
This tweet from the National Weather Service explains what's happening:
Contributing to the smoke was the Northern California Bear Fire, which grew extremely rapidly overnight:
The Creek Fire, which started Friday, has burned more than 163,000 acres east of Fresno and is 0% contained. Fires in Oregon and Washington are also contributing to the unusual conditions.