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California Forest Fires in San Francisco Bay Area: Eerie Orange Twilight at 10:10 AM —It’s Raining Ash

Ash is accumulating on everything and the air stinks like burning creosote or kerosene.

Although the US EPA PM2.5 AQI is nominally about 110, the real situation is more like 1000 because fine ash particles are everywhere, obvious on any surface.

PurpleAir.com US EPA PM2.5 AQI ~310 @ 2020-09-11 @ 10:45 AM

Update, 11:15 AM: it was dark before, but now it’s like early night: I just checked outside, and at ISO 100, the Sony A7R IV is metering 6 seconds at f/8 here at 11:20 AM! Hopefully our 'green' dumbf*ck electricity supply won’t give us a rolling blackout.

Update 14:50: it is now so dark that the construction workers next door are using flashlights!

Update Sept 10: less orange and a bit less dark today, but raining fine white ash all day long. AQI approaching 200.

Update Sept 11: lAQI (air quality) is absolutely horrible to the nose and eyes, and at hazardous levels—toxins go directly into the bloodstream.

We are running all our IQAir HEPA air purifiers on high and sheltering in place with conviction, in contrast to doing so for the COVID-19 hysteria, which might have made sense for a month or so back in March, but now has become an economic cluster-bomb having no rational basis that will kill millions by policy.

Orange Twilight at 10 AM from forest fire ash
f1.8 @ 1/25 sec, ISO 25; 2020-09-09 10:08:27
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus 4.0 mm f/2.8 @ 28mm equiv (4mm) ENV: altitude 482 ft / 147 m

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PurpleAir.com US EPA PM2.5 AQI air quality does not capture the ash falling aspect

Yesterday:

Heavy Forest Fire Smoke
f2.8 @ 1/1150 sec, ISO 20; 2020-09-08 14:22:20
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus 6.6 mm f/2.8 @ 57mm equiv (6.6mm) ENV: altitude 613 ft / 187 m

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