The sky above San Fransico looked apocalyptic on Wednesday when smoke from the wildfires that engulfed Northern California turned it into a crazy shade of orange – many residents even compare it to Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction film Blade Runner 2049.
96 major fires burned more than 3.4 million acres in 13 western states, according to a tally from the National Fire Information Center, turning the San Francisco Bay sky orange. The hue is the result of smoke and ash from the growing Bear Fire near Chico as the wind moved away Wednesday morning.
Californians were shocked by the new hue of their sky, pointing out that it looks like a scene from Blade Runner 2049, which casually takes place in the west, largely in a gloomy, post-apocalyptic Los Angeles.
Unreal scenes from the Safeway tour opened this week. Straight from Blade Runner 2049 pic.twitter.com/NzbBuKPe5H
– Joel Beall (@JoelMBeall) September 9, 2020
– SF Examiner (@sfexaminer) September 9, 2020
This is not normal. 12.15 here in CA. pic.twitter.com/xQyRTLaUUP
– Jason Kilar (@jasonkilar) September 9, 2020
Blade Runner 2049, but arrives in California and 20 years earlier pic.twitter.com/smq6oUttbB
– Emily Buder (@elbuder) September 9, 2020
Looks exactly like Blade Runner 2049 when they visit the abandoned city of Las Vegas https://t.co/ZfnW1OB3nJ
– Mathew Ingram (@mathewi) September 9, 2020
So creepy. https://t.co/FalidxtHFO
– James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) September 9, 2020
Blade Runner 2049. SF 2020. pic.twitter.com/NrVXOPAp40
– Kate Scott (@katetscott) September 9, 2020
All of these San Francisco images are absolutely wild. https://t.co/wDnyXDpDvs
– Chris Vannini 😷 (@ChrisVannini) September 9, 2020
Blade Runner 2049 is the only thing that truly captures the Bay Area today pic.twitter.com/lYkKh5A3dm
– Chris Anderson (@ chr1sa) September 9, 2020
This is what San Francisco looks like now … noon in September. https://t.co/8n9Rq0Pmbq
– Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) September 9, 2020
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