California’s wildfire created a ‘fire cloud’ seen from space

Weather satellites operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have revealed “explosive growth” in a massive wildfire currently burning in northern California.

Images captured by NOAA’s GOES 17 satellite and shared by the agency on Twitter (opens in new tab) show multiple plumes of smoke forming and spreading throughout the satellite’s observation area during a nine-hour period on Saturday and Sunday (July 30 and 31). “The wildfire has become California’s largest fire of 2022, scorching more than 50,000 acres as thousands of residents are forced to evacuate,” NOAA tweeted along with the images.


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