YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (CBS SF) — Thousands of visitors flocked to Yosemite National Park for a Labor Day Weekend filled with clean mountain air, nature hikes and pristine views of the park’s grandeur.
But the fast-moving, massive Creek Fire miles away near Shaver Lake changed all that. A massive smoke plume draped itself over the park bringing with it unhealthy air and casting an eerie golden haze.READ MORE: Despite Short-Term Drop in Vaccine Supply, State Officials Predict Full Reopening by Summer
A quick update from one of our short-term smoke models. Note that most of the smoke overhead is due to several wildfires in Northern California and the Central Valley, while smoke from the Dolan fire down in Big Sur is also picked up on this run. #CaliforniaWildfires pic.twitter.com/3KTa5wlLo5
— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) September 7, 2020
Visitors took to social media, posting images and comments about the weather condition.
— Viviana Tirado 🌸 (@VTiradoM) September 7, 2020
Naureen Malik posted: “Rained ashes all day. It looked like sunset on Mars for 7 hours.”
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— Naureen Malik (@naurtorious) September 6, 2020
Violeta Yas posted “My friend and colleague Pablo has been at Yosemite for a week and taking incredible, but sobering pictures.”
— Violeta Yas (@YasT62) September 7, 2020
Josh Nguyễn posted: “After 24 hours, I start to go crazy under this beautiful Martian sky.”
— Josh Nguyễn (@joshuanguyen) September 6, 2020MORE NEWS: U.S. Supreme Court Orders California to Lift Pandemic Restrictions on Home Worship