Sydney sunsets usually paint the sky a beautiful orange, but today’s sunset was far more dramatic than most thanks to a thick cloud of bushfire ash from the west.
As of about 6pm, there were 100 bushfires burning across the state, with the NSW Rural Fire Service reporting 40 as out of control, and 7 warranting emergency warnings.
Ash particles in the air tend to scatter more blue light than red, so people on the ground get an orange-tinged view by the time light filters through.
Throughout the city, people have been stopping to stare at an apocalyptic orange sky and deep, red sun. Here are some amazing photos that have been posted on Twitter so far. The first is from photographer Chris Allen, who maintains a Facebook page here.
— CAphoto (@CAPhoto10) October 17, 2013
— Mary Hamilton is typing (@newsmary) October 17, 2013
— Alana Fisher-Chejoski (@aussiegoldy) October 17, 2013
— Sally Roberts (@_sallyroberts) October 17, 2013
— Temple Connolly (@tea_n_see) October 17, 2013
— Paul Martin (@PG_Martin) October 17, 2013
— Damon Meredith (@DamonAM) October 17, 2013
— Emma Mackenzie (@EmmaKMackenzie) October 17, 2013
— Andrew Jones (@lowredshift) October 17, 2013
— Sarah Potts (@Pottsy712) October 17, 2013
Sky over Marrickville now pic.twitter.com/32d099B8hp
— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) October 17, 2013
— Kathryn Wicks (@KathrynWicksSMH) October 17, 2013
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