The ominous, apocalyptic skies that greeted Berkeleyans today, caused by smoke from the August Complex fires, was captured by many in eerie, almost unbelievable photographs.

“Orange is the new bleak,” quipped the UC Berkeley Library on Twitter at 11:13 a.m., although mercifully by then the dark peach-colored gloom of the early morning was beginning to lighten.

Here are just a few of the photos sent to us by Berkeleyside contributing photographer Pete Rosos, as well as by the many residents who shared images with us, for which we thank you.

7 a.m. Photo: Courtney Trouble
College Avenue at 7:42 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
Claremont and Ashby at 7:56 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
The Claremont Hotel at 8:03 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
8:15 a.m. on Lewiston Avenue. Photo: Steven Sherman
The Clark Kerr track at 8:17 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
Clark Kerr campus at 8:17 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
Fraternity row, 8:28 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
A stadium employee. checking his phone at the stadium at 8:40 a.m.Photo: Pete Rosos
9:20 a.m. on College Avenue. Photo: Lisa Sibony
A construction worker on campus at 9:02 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
Wheeler Hall on the UC Berkeley campus at 9:04 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
Sather Gate at 9:06 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
A woman crosses Bancroft at Telegraph at 9:11 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
A man walks down Telegraph Avenue at 9:17 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
A view west of Berkeley from the top of a parking garage on Telegraph Avenue at 9:18 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
A top a parking garage on Telegraph ave with the Campanile in the background at 9:19 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
A view of the Unit 3 dorms from atop a parking garage at 9:20 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
Telegraph and Dwight at 9:27 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
Outside the Hari Krishna center at 9:38 a.m. Photo: Pete Rosos
Berkeley flats at 9 45 a.m. Photo: Noemie Hansen
9:50 a.m. at UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium. Photo: Jerome Paulos
10 a.m. and the streetlights are still on in South Berkeley. Photo: Sean Rouse

Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...

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  1. I live in a 100 unit apartment building downtown. Shortly after I had completed the census, which I did as soon as I got a piece of mail about the census from the guvmt, my property manager notified all households in my building that census reps would be knocking on everyone’s door on a certain date and time. They have to give written notice when they admit anyone in this manner. Then on a rare impulse for me, I phoned my property manager to talk about the logistics of a censuus taker knocking on my door because it is hard for me to answer my door because of disabiliity. I told her I had already filled out the census. She told me the census people had decided not to come here. Since this interaction, I have asked many neiighbors in my building if they have completed the census and almost no one has said they did. So I think it would be great for census takers to come door to door in my building but the impulse to do this seems dead.

    I think lots of chicanery is taking place around this census in a corrupt effort to suppress the count so as to suppress federal funds coming to CA. I can’t prove this so I emphasize this is my hunch and I could be mistaken.

    Some months ago, a political activist here in Berkeley had a conversation on his FB wall with his young pals — college age and just out of college age-y. Many of his young friends seem to believe completing the census invades their privacy. So if they don’t want to sent people door to door to take the census, why aren’t they pumping some time and money into informing citizens about why filling out the census is important and not a privacy issue?

    With an evil nitwit at the top of the guvmt pyramid, it seems too easy for pols and government workers to play games, eh?

  2. I propose a write-in ballot for ‘Che’ Guevara. Che is truly revolutionary. He is the only one that would not further destroying the city, because he is dead.

  3. Berkeleyside needs to reopen the opinion section in advance of the election. It has been closed far too long.

  4. The City Council and Mayor have decreed that they’d violate the privacy rights of violent career criminals.

  5. These stories are always are really depressing to read. A lot of these people down there are genuinely having a hard time and stuck in a cycle of addiction and the fake enticement of help from the city…and then a complete psycho comes along and they have to contend with that as well. The current government is only serving to uphold and maintain this cycle. What they are doing is the least humanitarian thing possible. Combine that with the soft policies against imprisoning monsters like this and you can start to form a picture how (as evidenced by a commenter below) they can be lifelong menaces with no end in sight for potential victims and public safety.

  6. I don’t see any camps in North Berkeley or the Berkeley Hills. They come to South Berkeley because poor people living here are not going to protest. Jesse Arreguin and Ben Bartlett are not going to be re-elected.

  7. He’s “back in custody”? Why wasn’t he in prison, considering his record? The man is a kidnapper and habitual sex offender. How bad does a man have to be to be locked up?

  8. you should call the district attorney’s office and offer to be a character witness. Serve society by making sure he never breathes free air again.

  9. Probably same location Bside is keeping its explanation for why they didn’t want the public to know who damaged a taxpayer funded building.

  10. I’m sure we’ll see the same story repeated in the coming months. No business for the restaurants and the banks aren’t giving landlords a break. Rinse and repeat.

    Lots of new restaurants will open with an optimistic view in 2022 when this all shakes out… Hopefully the landlords will share the pain when they sign the new leases.

  11. The failure of Democrat public policy in California has led to these fires. But you have people like Barbara Lee introducing a bill to declare racism a public health crisis. Do you see why liberalism can be perceived as a mental disorder?

  12. Of course, and no where did I say society was to blame….you are seeing things I did not write.

    I offer no alternatives…..I’m simply addressing the differences between the types of criminals we see here on Berkeleyside. Some act intentionally; they go to Strada and rip off Cal kids; they commute from Oakland and gang-bang in Berkeley; etc etc. We’ve seen it all. Contrast those behaviors to this guy. I think this guy has limited intent. He’s probably akin to an animal; lash out, run away, whatever. Not fully human. A broken man.

  13. People who seem more than willing to directly or indirectly give basically the same information the census asks for to social media companies are hesitant to give it to the government. Ok.

  14. Jane, the problem with your ‘analysis’ is that, although 99.6% sounds good, it ONLY sounds good because you haven’t considered the infection rate.

    For example, if you were told “oh, XYX disease only kills 1% of the people who get infected”, AND, only 1% of the population are likely to get infected, that’s a fairly non-threatening disease. On the other hand, if 1% die, and almost everyone contracts it, that’s a DISASTER!

    So, you are focusing on the wrong thing. Somehow, you have confused yourself into thinking that the fatality rate is what matters here, when in fact, it’s the infection rate.

    Plus, you haven’t considered all the ancillary problems that COVID brings….heart problems, etc etc. It’s not good.

  15. Offensive to whom?

    Nowadays, anyone who says “hey I’m being disrespected” is somehow in the driver’s seat. I say “if you don’t like the name, name something else with a word of your choosing.”

    Maybe starting with your house? You can call it whatever you want. “My place.” “The coolest place on the Planet.” etc.

  16. Berkeley is a tale of two cities, maybe more.

    You’ve got UC, North Berkeley, etc…..then you have the Oakland/Berkeley intersection.

    To state the obvious, different worlds.

  17. BPD declined to release it. I can’t think of any violent crime video that they’ve released (other than the recent gunfire incident involving a police officer — but that was released because it’s mandated by law). It’s up to them whether to release most details / evidence and generally not much is shared.

  18. We will have a story up soon with all the candidates. But for Mayor:
    Jesse Arreguin, Mayor, City of Berkeley
    Wayne Hsiung Environmental Attorney
    Aidan Hill, Vice-Chair Homeless Commission
    Naomi D. Pete