Smoke from the Deadly California Wildfires Can be Seen from Space

Satellite images show the grey cloud hovering over a large portion of the state.

A massive smoke plume, powered by strong winds, rises above the the Woolsey Fire on November 9, 2018 in Malibu, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)
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The deadliest wildfire in California’s history is creating plumes of smoke so large and thick that they can be seen from space.

Wildfires including the Camp Fire of Northern California and Woolsey in the southern portion of the state have destroyed over 210,000 acres of land, combined, including homes, businesses and forests and have claimed the lives of at least 44 people, Time reported.

But one of the quickest ways to truly understand the scope of the fires and their combined destruction was caught on camera by satellites in space. The images show the smoke hovering in the air, blocking out any view of the terrain below; reflecting the air quality alerts that have been issues across the state from San Francisco to Napa to Chico.

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