A smoky haze descended upon a neighborhood in Livingston, California, on August 19 as wildfires making up the SCU Lightning Complex raged in Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus counties.
The SCU Lightning Complex fires have burned 137,475 acres as of August 20, according to officials.
Footage captured by Yvonne Maldonado outside her home in Livingston, in Merced County, shows the poor visibility caused by smoke and dust. Ash from the fires can also be seen on a car in the video.
Speaking to Storyful, Maldonado said when she looked out her window she noticed the thick orange haze. “It was a scary sight and hard to breathe,” she added.
Evacuation orders have been put in place across the state as numerous wildfires burned.
In Modesto, about 20 miles from Livingston, the fire department issued an air quality alert warning residents about smoke from fires in western Stanislaus County and advised members of the public to take precautions. Credit: Yvonne Maldonado via Storyful