Photos: Surreal orange skies as wildfire smoke blocks sun in Bay Area

The Bidwell Bar Bridge in Lake Oroville is surrounded by fire
People in kayak in McCovey Cove outside Oracle Park during the sixth inning of a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday in San Francisco.
(Tony Avelar/Associated Press )
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The skies around the Bay Area and other parts of Northern California took on a surreal glow Wednesday as smoke from a variety of fires enveloped the region.

From San Francisco to Yosemite National Park, social media was filled with images of ominous red and orange skies and smoky air. Daniel Swain, a UCLA climate scientist, tweeted that the fire smoke was “almost completely blocking out the sun across some portions of Northern California.”

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Under darkened skies from wildfire smoke, a man crosses Hyde Street with Alcatraz Island and Fisherman’s Wharf in the background Wednesday in San Francisco. The picture was taken in the middle of the day at 12:29 p.m.
(Eric Risberg/Associated Press )
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Looking up Columbus Ave. the Transamerica Pyramid and Salesforce Tower are covered with smoke from wildfires late Wednesday mornin, in San Francisco.
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The San Francisco Bay Bridge
The San Francisco Bay Bridge and city skyline are obscured in orange smoke and haze as their seen from Treasure Island in San Francisco.
( Brittany Hosea-Small / AFP )
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Amy Scott of San Francisco takes in the view from the Embarcadero as smoke from various wildfires burning across Northern California mixes with the marine layer, blanketing San Francisco in darkness.
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An orange glow is seen over a darkened Howard Street as smoke from various wildfires burning across Northern California mixes with the marine layer in San Francisco.
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Smoke from various wildfires burning across Northern California mixes with the marine layer, blanketing the San Francisco skyline in darkness and an orange glow, seen from Treasure Island.
(Philip Pacheco/Getty Images)
Smoke
Smoke from California wildfires obscures the sky over Oracle Park as the Seattle Mariners take batting practice before their baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in San Francisco.
(Tony Avelar/Associated Press )
An orange sky
An orange sky filled with wildfire smoke hangs above hiking trails at the Limeridge Open Space in Concord.
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Embers light up a hillside behind the Bidwell Bar Bridge as the Bear Fire burns in Oroville.
(Noah Berger/Associated Press )
The sky around San Francisco City Hall is shrouded in smoke Wednesday morning.
(Olga Rodriguez / Associated Press )
Fog and wildfire smoke hide much of the Golden Gate Bridge on Wednesday morning.
In a photo taken at 9:47 a.m., Patrick Kenefick, left, and Dana Williams of Mill Valley, Calif., take in the view from Sausalito of an obscured Golden Gate Bridge.
(Eric Risberg / Associated Press)
Downtown San Francisco is difficult to make out from Kite Hill Open Space on Wednesday morning.
(Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)
Smoke from the Creek fire shrouds a boat dock on Sunday at Shaver Lake, Calif.
Smoke from the Creek fire hangs over a boat dock on Sunday at Shaver Lake, Calif.
(Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)
A bicyclist rides past a wine bar's outdoor seating area as smoke darkens the morning sky Wednesday in Sausalito, Calif.
A bicyclist rides past a wine bar’s outdoor seating area Wednesday morning in Sausalito, Calif.
(Eric Risberg / Associated Press )
Smoke darkens the morning sky Wednesday in Sausalito.
Smoke darkens the morning sky Wednesday in Sausalito.
(Eric Risberg / Associated Press )
Smoke rises from a wildfire burning a hillside in Yucaipa, Calif.
Smoke rises from a wildfire burning a hillside in Yucaipa.
(Ringo Chiu / Associated Press)
Boats sit docked at Shaver Lake Marina as smoke from the Creek fire hangs in the air.
Boats sit docked at at Shaver Lake Marina as smoke from the Creek fire hangs in the air.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
Golfers warm up under orange skies during the preview day of the Safeway Open at Silverado Country Club in Napa.
Pro golfers warm up under orange skies on the driving range during the preview day of the Safeway Open at Silverado Country Club in Napa on Wednesday.
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A worker installs a street camera to a light post in Azusa on Wednesday as smoke covers the sky from the Bobcat fire.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Cars on Ygnacio Valley Road in Concord, under a sky tinted orange by wildfire smoke.
Cars make their way along Ygnacio Valley Road under a sky tinted orange by wildfire smoke in Concord on Wednesday.
(Brittany Hosea-Small / AFP )

Smoke from two area fires fills the sunset sky before the Dodgers play the Rockies at Dodger Stadium.
Smoke from two major fires in the area fills the sunset sky before the Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies play at Dodger Stadium on Sunday.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)