2020’s ‘Orange Skies’ Are (Probably) Returning to San Francisco Tomorrow

An unwelcome fit of déjà vu, courtesy of the climate crisis

Matt Charnock
3 min readJul 25, 2022

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Rodeo Beach, part of Marin Headlands National Seahshore, provides lookout for hikers overlooking the sunset in sky reddened by fires and smoke. Purple clouds are puffs of smoke from nearby Pt. Reyes National Seashore fire. (Photo: Courtesy of Getty Images/GMA)

This year’s wildfire began, blessedly timid. Sighs of relief could’ve been heard echoing through empty tin cans pressed against thin drywall separating Bay Area apartments.

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Matt Charnock

SF transplant, coffee shop frequent; tiny living enthusiast. iPhone hasn’t been off silent mode in nine or so years. Former EIC of The Bold Italic.