Responding to the forest fire redness in general, not to your post in particular, GuitarVH.The climate change false flag is upon us.
I live in an area that gets forest fires 3 out of 5 years (perhaps closer to 4 of 5): the Okanagan in BC (which is about 4 hours inland from the coast, and hosts many vineyards and orchards, and an incredible series of beautiful lakes). It is not technically desert, but it is also similar to the northern part of the Sonoran desert.
The smoke and the colored sky are as indelible a part of our summers as beaches and bikinis. So I have some experience and insight living in this type of situation (including being evacuated from my house for over a week a few years ago, so close was one particular fire).
Anyway, both sides of the political aisle need to calm down about this.
The left is claiming climate change, and the right is claiming sabotage.
The vast majority of the fires are human-caused, but it's mostly through accidents. Another huge factor is the modern govt practices of handling forests, but that is more due to bloat and general empire decline and incompetence, rather than out and out nefarious actions.
There are certainly a few fires started by climate activists. And certainly a few people in charge who could prevent the major disasters are standing down in order to use it politically.
But anyway, the nightmare Mars skyline and all that are very very normal from wildfires. And they don't have to be close at all to have this effect.
I guess you all can take some comfort from the fact that it is not nearly as bad as you think, and it will likely be over much faster than some seasons have been for us (month+ straight of smoke and orange skies will really have you going batty, especially since a 4-6 hour drive in any direction will bring no relief). Oh also be on the lookout for tons of morel mushrooms next season, as they adore this type of environment.