The sky was painted with pink and orange Thursday night as smoke from Canadian wildfires blew south into the Northeast U.S. to provide us with a brilliant sunset.
Smoke is made up of tiny particles from wildfires, which can provide more points for light to bounce from and scatter. This leads to the enhancement of the red and orange hues you see. A deck of clouds near the horizon also has this effect, allowing the suns rays to reflect off the clouds and to our eyes.
While Thursday’s sunset was breathtaking across the D.C. area, wildfire season in Canada’s Northwest Territories has reached epic proportions, burning over 7 million acres so far in 2014. Smoke from this year’s fires has been making its way across the border since mid-July.
— Ken Farnaso (@KenFarnaso) August 8, 2014
— Duane Christy (@Ponchrunnin) August 8, 2014