California Fires Burning So Strong They're Visible From Outer Space

James Marshall
December 8, 2017

Smoke from the blazes is clearly visible from 438 miles above the Earth.

Firefighters in Southern California were struggling to stop the fires that were moving quickly due to the untimely arrival of the Santa Ana winds in the region.

And three from the Twitter feed of cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy aboard the International Space Station.

Thursday is a historically risky day in Southern California with wildfires raging near Los Angeles and San Diego.

NASA satellites and astronauts have been sharing images of the wildfires from space and the magnitude is staggering. That, plus the strong Santa Ana winds have combined to create ideal conditions for devastating wildfires.

This photo, taken from the International Space Station, shows the smoke from the wildfires in southern California heading out to the Pacific.

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The NASA images help first responders determine where and when to act, according to a post from the space agency.

The largest plume, top left, is from the Thomas Fire, which has burned more than 50,000 acres in Ventura County.

NASA's Disasters Program team is "closely monitoring" the wildfires, providing data that shows up to hourly updates of where the fires are burning hottest.

Posting the photos on Twitter, Mr Bresnik wrote: 'I was asked this evening if we can see the SoCal fires from space.

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