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This is what California’s wildfires look like from space

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How massive are the wildfires torching Southern California? Smoke from the blazes is clearly visible from 438 miles above the Earth.

NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image Tuesday afternoon showing gray plumes of smoke from the fires, pushed by Santa Ana winds, drifting far out into the Pacific.

The largest plume, top left, is from the Thomas Fire, which has burned more than 50,000 acres in Ventura County. Smaller plumes from the Creek and Rye fires, closer to Los Angeles, also are visible. (Those puffy white streaks towards the bottom of the photo are clouds.)

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NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image Tuesday, December 5, 2017, afternoon showing gray plumes of smoke from Southern California fires, pushed by Santa Ana winds, drifting far out into the Pacific.