There are over 700 wildfires currently burning in California.
As evacuees from northern California try to escape poor air quality, more wildfires are sparking in southern California too.
“A combination of significant wind, extreme heat, and dry vegetation means our firefighting resources are stretched to the limit,” said Randy Moore of the USDA Forest Service.
People in the San Francisco Bay Area were shocked Wednesday to wake up to an eery, bright orange sky.
“I actually came down from the Bay Area to San Diego,” said Ryan Harper. “We were right in with the Santa Cruz fires.”
Many, like Ryan Harper, are trying to get out of the poor air conditions that are making it hard to breathe.
“The ash all over the cars in the Bay Area are making people joke about the Christmas snow and stuff,” added Harper. “It is insane.”
But right as Harper got into San Diego, the Valley Fire sparked, making the skies hazy down there as well.
“Coming down here, I thought it was a break and then I see it all again,” she said Wednesday.
As a Red Flag Warning continues to be in effect for most parts of the state, strong winds and low humidity mean the risk of more fires sparking.
“Fire is burning at just an explosive rate,” said Daniel Berlant of CAL FIRE. “Then you add the winds, dry conditions, and hot temperatures, it’s the perfect recipe for a fire.”