Americans have witnessed an unusually bright red sun this past week that has made for some beautiful photos – but the cause of the change isn’t so pleasant.
The starling color was due to 84 wildfires burning through parts of Canada, particularly Alberta, and will continue for at least a few more days.
Smoke from the relentless fires spread for 2,000 miles, creating a hazy filter over the sun, making it look fire-red.
Residents of New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Illinois and Iowa are just a few of those who have witnessed the blood-red sun.
Meteorologists said smoke particles are carried across the US by a jet stream that blows in the northeastern regions, causing poor air quality.
New Jersians woke up to a red colored sun on Monday. This has been going on for over a week and will continue for at least a few more days
The starling color was due to 84 wildfires burning through parts of Canada, particularly Alberta, and will continue for at least a few more days. Here’s the red sun seen by a Daily Mail staffer who lives in New York City
More than 100 wildfires have burned nearly a million acres in Western Canada, primarily in the province of Northwest Alberta.
And more than 30,000 people have already evacuated the area to avoid the fires.
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Montana deemed the air quality “very unhealthy” and is advising people to stay indoors if possible.
And the same type of warning has been issued for eastern Colorado.
“If there is thick smoke or getting thick in your area, you may want to stay indoors,” the advisory warned. “This is especially true for people with heart disease, respiratory disease, the very young and the elderly.”
Utah’s Department of Environmental Quality also warned that air quality would remain “unhealthy for sensitive groups” through Monday.
However, New York’s NWS said smoke drifts at more than 20,000 feet and will not cause health problems for anyone with respiratory problems in the northeastern US.
As Canadians battle the fire, Americans have been witnessing red sunrises and sunsets for more than a week.
Residents of New York, New Jersey (pictured), Chicago, Illinois and California are just a few of those who witnessed the blood-red sun
A satellite image shared by NWS shows smoke streaming through the northern US, blanketing eastern states in pollutants
“Watch the very red sun rise over New York City. This is because of all the smoke from wildfires billowing above us from wildfires in Canada,” the NWS posted on their Twitter account.
This prompted others to share stunning sunrise and sunset photos that look like they were shot with a camera filter.
A satellite image shared by NWS shows smoke streaming through the northern US, blanketing the eastern states in pollutants.
Alberta authorities hope cooler temperatures and rain showers forecast for the coming week will help firefighters fight fires in the oil-rich Canadian province, though storms could complicate efforts.
This year, Alberta Wildfire responded to 496 wildfires that burned more than two million acres, compared to just 1,134 in 2022.
Christie Tucker, information unit manager at Alberta Wildfire, said in a statement: “Last year, this year’s total was nearly 2,000 times.”
Iowa residents have also seen a blood-red sun
And people living on Long Island have also seen the red sun
More than 100 wildfires have burned nearly a million acres in Western Canada, primarily in the province of Northwest Alberta. The smoke travels across the US to states such as Illinois
However, the ominous red sun has been visible for the past week and will continue for a few more days. Pictured is the amazing red sun hanging over New York City
However, the ominous red sun has been visible for the past week and will continue for a few more days.
This year’s record high temperatures and lack of rain have led to widespread fires across Canada.
Alberta has been hardest hit, with some 275 homes, businesses and other properties damaged on Friday and more than 10,000 people forced to leave their homes.
Josee St-Onge, Alberta Wildfire educator, said in an interview with CBC The fire crews continued their work on Saturday morning.
“Good progress on many of these wildfires, building containment lines and fire guards around communities, but we expect another challenging day today,” she said
‘It’s definitely going to be a long breath. Fires of this magnitude burn very intensely.’