WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (KGO) -- A thick, orange haze blanketed the Bay Area Wednesday, creating apocalyptic conditions that lasted all day.
Video from Oakland, Richmond and other different spots around the East Bay show the eerie scene. See for yourself in the video player above.
Driving through downtown Walnut Creek at 10 a.m. looked more like 10 p.m. with the orange sky that everyone woke up to.
VIDEO: East Bay businesses, residents shocked by orange skies, ash falling from sky
Camron Savarani, general manager at Walnut Creek Ford, had to wash his entire fleet of 100 cars that became covered with ash.
Savarani says sales have been steady during the pandemic, but a few customers did call to cancel because of the orange sky.
"The biggest challenge this morning is it felt like it was nighttime. It didn't feel like we were coming to ready to sell and service cars. So, definitely a mental battle," says Savarani.
In Pleasant Hill, the orange patio umbrellas at Jack's Restaurant and Bar matched the orange sky.
"I woke up this morning thinking it was 8:30 at night. It's wild, never seen anything like it," says Bryan Jackson, who lives in Vallejo.
Jackson jokes that the orange sky seems to be right on cue for 2020.
"(Just) another form of 2020!" he says with a laugh. "That's it. You can't get away from it! Not until January 1!"
The smoke over the region is coming from the Bear Fire, one of the wildfires burning in Butte County that makes up the Northern Complex. The Bear Fire exploded in size overnight to 58,000 acres, prompting evacuations and spewing out smoke over the Bay Area.
But a thick marine layer kept air quality in much of the Bay Area relatively good, despite the ominous sky color.
"The marine layer is a stable area of air that does not rise, and so we're continually pumping in cleaner air from over the ocean," explains ABC7 News Meteorologist Mike Nicco.
That's why the sky is so dark, with a yellow or orange hue, but you may not smell smoke when you step outside. Read more here.
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