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California wildfires: Flames as seen from space

California wildfires: Flames as seen from space

Smoke from the Southern California fires is making it to the Bay Area, SFGate reported Friday.

The fast-moving blazes are being fueled by the strong Santa Ana winds, which have made it increasingly hard to get them under control.

NASA shared stunning images showing what the California wildfires look like from space.

On Thursday afternoon, astronaut Randy Bresnik took to Twitter, to share the smoke-filled images captured aboard the International Space Station-a spacecraft that orbits more than 200 miles above Earth.

NASA tweeted a handful of photos of the smoke plume drifting over the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday. He said, "I was asked this evening if we can see the SoCal fires from space".

As multiple wildfires wreak havoc on Southern California, astronauts and satellites are documenting the scene from above.

He also thanked the first responders and everyone working on the ground to help stop the fires.

The fires are being fed by the desiccated remains of lush vegetation that grew during one of the wettest winters on record in California, only to endure a record warm and dry summer.

The European Space Agency also photographed the Thomas fire, 143,000-acre blaze, which quickly spread through Ventura County. The Sentinel-2 image is based on observations of visible, shortwave infrared, and near infrared light.

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