As the terrifying California wildfires rage on, shocking footage has emerged of a woman holding a suspected arsonist at gunpoint...
America is on fire.For over a month now, wildfires have been burning across the west, plunging California and other nearby states into crises.
It is a truly terrifying time...
And, sadly, the fires are showing no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
Family member flying out of California this evening just sent along these photos from the flight. She said passenge… https://t.co/jF7aap3Pqu— Oliver Darcy (@Oliver Darcy)1599443672.0
Things are getting out of hand.CNN reported that there are currently forty large fires burning across California, Oregon, and Washington after extreme heat and high winds spurred on the flames.
Thousands of residents have been evacuated.And more than 2 million acres have burned in California this year alone.
As time trickles on, more and more photos have been emerging from these dismayed areas...
Giving us a perfect, yet harrowing insight into the magnitude of these fires.
California burning down #CaliforniaFires https://t.co/7tqKtWWWna— Sawyer (@Sawyer)1599720235.0
But now, a series of photos have been circulating online...
And they are nothing like we have ever seen before.
It is like I am living in a Snapchat filter #CaliforniaFires #staysafebayarea https://t.co/JMzkBFkVPI— vishnu (@vishnu)1599713271.0
Like something straight out of a horror movie...The skies of America have turned blood red.
Understandably, people have been left incredibly alarmed by the photos...
And it is making many of us ask the question - how on earth has this been allowed to happen?!
Anyone else totally haunted by the red sky pictures?— andrew (@andrew)1599747682.0
Well, as you may have guessed, we mainly have ourselves to blame.While some of these fires were started as a result of natural causes, the majority are sadly man-made.
For example...The El Dorado Fire, which has grown to more than 10,000 acres, was ignited when a family used a “pyrotechnic device" for a flamboyant gender reveal.
Over six-hundred firefighters were called to tackle the blaze...Which became so bad that it could even be seen from satellites in space.
And, as a result of the blaze...
California Governor, Gavin Newsom, was forced to declare a state of emergency in 5 counties.
El Dorado Fire is now well established, going to be a long week https://t.co/WMN970nbtB— Ryan Vaccaro (@Ryan Vaccaro)1599331174.0
Many other fires have been caused by mundane human actions...Like driving a car that sends soot into dry vegetation, as was the case with the Apple Fire in Southern California this year.
Others have been caused by power transmission lines or other pieces of utility equipment...Which may spark and ignite fires in remote - and highly flammable - areas.
It's a truly dire situation.And, as the days roll by, more and more photos from the blazes have been emerging from panicked residents across the country.
The fires have engulfed California's skies into a murky orange hue...Giving the state an eerie, post-apocalyptical aesthetic.
But now, images have been surfacing from Oregon...And they show a blood-red sky in the middle of the afternoon.
It doesn't even look real...
And many of these images were captured long before sunset, with the eerie skies visible in full daylight hours.
This photo was taken yesterday by @reddit user RavenRosie in Sublimity, OR. I don't think humans are psychological… https://t.co/kujR24Y4um— Prof. Paul Byrne (@Prof. Paul Byrne)1599664162.0
But, remarkably, the color isn't actually caused by the flames.
Instead, it’s the result of a phenomenon known as "Rayleigh scattering", which is caused by smoke particles from the wildfires, IFL Science reported.
@UglyBoyJ2 This is what it looked like in Albany yesterday morning. Red sky’s. https://t.co/51zC2zCDwr— Debby (@Debby)1599644752.0
But now, some more shocking footage has emerged...This time, of a woman in Oregon holding a suspected arsonist at gunpoint.
The last thing people need right now is more flames...And the woman in the clip in question made this very clear.
The dramatic clip, which was posted to Facebook, begins with the woman, named Kat Cast, forcing the man to the ground.She pulls out her gun yelling "What are you doing on my property? Did you light anything on fire?"
When the unidentified man responds that he was “just passing through"...She demands to know why he is holding matches.
The man claims he is carrying the matches because he smokes...In response, Cast questions the man on where his cigarettes are.
The man then admits he has none...Cast then holds him there until police arrive and take him away in handcuffs.
The footage comes amid the terrifying blazes that are ripping through Califonia.“If I need to do this again to protect my family and my neighbors, I will in a heartbeat do it again, except this time I will not be as nice as I was," Cast wrote in the Facebook post, which also included a photo of the suspected arsonist being handcuffed.
You can watch the full clip below.
For more on the shocking wildfires, scroll on to learn about the gender reveal part that is said to have caused one of the blazes...