NASA satellite captures raging Southern California fires from space

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Thick blankets of smoke from wildfires burning in Southern California are visible from space.

An image captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA’s Terra satellite shows large plumes of smoke streaming into the Pacific, illustrating the fires’ scope and size.

The fast-moving blazes, centered in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, have been fueled by dry, gusty Santa Ana winds.

Three major fires are raging in Southern California. The first, the Thomas fire in Ventura County, started Monday evening and exploded overnight. The second, the Creek fire, started at 4 a.m. Tuesday near Sylmar. The Rye fire erupted in Santa Clarita shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday

Winds are expected to continue for at least the next three days, the National Weather Service said.

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