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California Fires from Space

As Wildfires continued to burn across southern California on Tuesday, NASA was able to capture an image of the fires and their smoke from space.

NASA’s Terra Satellite, which is used in part to collect data about Earth’s changing climate, was able to capture the impressive image of the California wildfire smoke plumes. The image was captured using the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), a tool on the satellite.

Thick smoke streamed from several fires in southern California when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image in the afternoon on December 5, 2017.

As of Wednesday morning, fires were still burning across southern California. One of the largest fires, the Thomas Fire, has now burned 50,000 acres land. The second largest fire, the Creek Fire, has burned 11,377 acres.

States of Emergency have been issued across parts of southern California and thousands still remain evacuated.

For WeatherNation, I am Meteorologist Marcus Walter.

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