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Photos: California’s wildfires are massive—even when seen from space

NASA/Randy Bresnik‏
Six fires, very little containment.
  • Johnny Simon
By Johnny Simon

Deputy Photo Editor

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The wildfires scorching Southern California have spread so far that astronauts in the International Space Station are able to see them from their perch more than 250 miles above the Earth.

Firefighters are battling multiple fierce blazes, covering 220 sq miles from north of Los Angeles to near the Mexico border. Almost 200,000 people have been forced to leave their homes, CNN reports. The largest blaze, the Thomas fire, has already burned 132,000 acres and was only 10 percent contained as of this morning (Dec. 8).

NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik viewed the fires during several orbits this week, his photos capturing long plumes of smoke floating away from California and then over the Pacific.

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