As a resident of Southern California, the first thing you note is the smoky, hazy, grayish-orange tinged skies. The overcast clouds might deceive you into thinking they are rain clouds; but they are not! They are smoke-filled clouds caused by the raging Californian fires. To my utter horror, I found soot filled particles coating my car. The weather folk on T.V channels continuously warn about the unhealthy air.
Scientists say that about three billion animals either died or had to flee due to the massive fires in the forests of Australia. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) set up a commission on this, which found in its report that “the fire in Australia’s wilderness last year was the most dangerous tragedy in modern history for wildlife.”