An ominous haze is currently blanketing iconic cities like New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, shrouding their bustling streets in an apocalyptic-like atmosphere. What’s causing this eerie transformation? The answer lies in the thick wildfire smoke that originated in Canada, its acrid tendrils reaching far and wide, casting an air quality alert over an astonishing 114 million Americans. Below are some stunning photos of the smoke’s effect on American cities and towns.

A general view of hazy conditions resulting from Canadian wildfires at Yankee Stadium before the game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees on June 7, 2023, in New York, New York. (Photo by New York Yankees/Getty Images)

 

A Man talks on his phone as he looks through the haze at the George Washington Bridge from Fort Lee, N.J., Wednesday, June 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

 

Hazy skies caused by Canadian wildfires blanket the monuments and skyline of Washington, D.C. on June 7, 2023 as seen from Arlington, Virginia. The Washington DC area is under a Code Orange air quality alert indicating unhealthy air for some members of the general public.
Win McNamee/Getty Images

 

The Statue of Liberty is obscured by the air pollution in New York on June 6. Amr Alfiky/Reuters

 

Smoke from wildfires in Canada blankets the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and the National Mall in Washington, D.C., June 7, 2023.
Leah Millis/Reuters

 

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