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Sky above Los Altos, Bay Area turns into orange glow due to area wildfires

Westwind Barn
Photo by Torie Dye/Special to the Town Crier
A hazy orange sky hovers over Westwind Barn in Los Altos Hills Wednesday morning.

The sky above Los Altos and the surrounding Bay Area turned into shades of orange on Wednesday (Sept. 9) due to the wind blowing smoke from area wildfires hundreds of miles away from Santa Clara County.

Social media lit up with residents posting pictures of the surreal weather conditions, as the lack of sunlight created a sense of darkness throughout the day. However, air quality has remained in the "moderate" range and is not currently a threat, officials said.

"We are aware of how concerning the current atmospheric conditions throughout the Bay Area are," wrote Santa Clara County Fire Department Captain Justin Stockman in a Nextdoor post. "Although dramatic, so far this upper atmosphere pollution is not degrading our air quality index to the same level we experienced just a couple of weeks ago during the height of the CZU, LNU and SCU complex fires."

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