Beautiful sunsets caused by destructive wildfires in Canada

 Photo courtesy: Kai Petainen

Photo courtesy: Kai Petainen

Mesmerizing sunsets have been seen throughout the Great Lakes. They may be quite pleasant to look at, but their cause is rather destructive in nature.

Great sunsets come at great cost – in this case, it’s fires raging in Alberta, Canada.

Debris and ashes from the fires have traveled into the atmosphere.

Scott Rozansky is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gaylord.

“So what that does is it actually changes the appearance of the sun as it’s setting, the light’s more of an orange, red type look instead of what we more typically see as the white, yellow type look. So it’s mainly the suspended ash and smoke in the air.”

Rozanksy said the sunsets should last as long as the fires burn.

“Generally speaking, the longer those fires go and the higher that ash can be spewed up in the atmosphere and the longer it can be suspended there with the stagnant high pressure like we’ve had the more brilliant those sunsets actually are. ”

The fires began May first, and have forced more than 80,000 people to flee their homes. More than 16,000 buildings were destroyed in Fort McMurray, Alberta alone.