You know things have gone off the rails if people are arguing about whether it looks like Mars or Venus where they live. In case you missed it, fires are burning across the Western U.S., and thick wildfire smoke has enveloped regions of California and Oregon. As a result, residents of Salem and San Francisco are experiencing eerie orange-red skies.
A quick peek at satellite images drives home just how severe the smoke is. It blankets the entire western portions of those two states, creating darkened skies that resemble dusk, even in the middle of the day. Some report that as more smoke rolls in, the day is growing darker by the hour.