LOS ANGELES -- Blue skies over Southern California were suddenly turning brown Thursday morning as a wall of smoke swept into the region from wildfires burning in the Sequoia National Forest.
9 AM - We can see a distinct wall of smoke slowly pushing south at this hour. Does anyone have a view of the leading edge of the smoke or what the skies look like under it, such as the Victorville / Hesperia areas? Let us know! pic.twitter.com/87HwmlojQz— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) September 23, 2021
Residents in the Los Angeles area watched as a line of smoke seemingly cut the sky in half, blotting out the sun as it marched across the sky.
One of the larger fires currently burning, named "The Windy Fire," has been burning for two weeks after being triggered by lightning. Fire officials estimate the fire had burned just over 36,000 acres as of Wednesday evening and was just 6% contained.
Officials said three other fires are burning in the Sequoia National Park and Forest, including the similarly-sized KNP Complex Fire, which lightning started too. It had burned just over 33,000 acres as of Thursday morning.
ANF & LACoFD responded another smoke report Mountain Ave x Baseline in the Claremont area Heavy drift smoke. Media Partners help spread the word about #WindyFire smoke in the basin. @LACoFDPIO pic.twitter.com/ixpcnVAka4— Angeles National Forest (@Angeles_NF) September 23, 2021
The smoke was recently bottled up in the southeastern California mountains, but a surge of northerly winds sweeping across Southern California Thursday has picked up some of the smoke and pushed it south toward the greater Los Angeles area, with some smoke expected to even reach the northern edges of San Diego.
Forecasts show the smoke hanging around aloft around Los Angeles through Friday, at least.
A change in the weather pattern will lead to northerly winds aloft that will bring in smoke from the Central CA wildfires down into SoCal. Those smoky and hazy skies will come into the picture today into Friday, especially for our northern areas. #CAwx #fireWX pic.twitter.com/ms7fvYMre1— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) September 23, 2021