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California canyon fire creates eerie orange sky over Disneyland

10 October 2017 7:03 AM
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Smoke from a fire sweeping through Southern California has created an eerie orange haze over Disneyland.

Dozens of visitors shared photos of the strange scenes at the popular theme park on social media.

Some posted pictures of clear blue skies side-by-side with the orange smoke, which they said were taken a few seconds apart.

The smoke over the park was coming from a fire churning through canyons in hilly neighbourhoods of Orange County, where residents of about 1,000 homes were forced to evacuate and a state of emergency was declared.

One Instagram user said everything in Disneyland was "business as usual" apart from some Disney characters meeting visitors indoors due to the haze.

"Disney does a good job about creating a happy little magic bubble within its gates so I didn't realise the severity of [the fire] until we got home," user littlegraythread wrote.

The fire burning through the canyons in Orange County was one of many blazes to hit California on Monday (local time).

Fires in California's wine country, an area in the north of the state, broke out nearly simultaneously and then exploded overnight, sending residents fleeing as embers rained down and flames raged around them.

At least 10 people have been killed and at least 100 have been injured in the fires, and the death toll is expected to grow.

Also read: California wildfires: At least 31 dead, hundreds still missing as firefighters gain ground

Source: abc.net.au

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