As massive wildfires continue to rage in southern California, our satellites, people in space and aircraft are keeping an eye on the blazes from above. This data and imagery not only gives us a better view of the activity, but also helps first responders plan their course of action.
A prolonged spell of dry weather primed the area for major fires. Powerful Santa Ana winds fanned the flames and forecasters with the LA office of the National Weather Service warned that the region is in the midst of its strongest and longest Santa Ana wind event of the year. These winds are hot, dry and ferocious. They can whip a small brush fire into a raging inferno in just hours.
Astronaut Randy Bresnik (@AstroKomrade) shared these images from the International Space Station (@ISS) over the last two days showing the smoke plumes from space, saying "Thank you to all the first responders, firefighters, and citizens willing to help fight these California wildfires." Image credits: NASA/@AstroKomrade
🔥 This is what Alex Avlas saw on his way into work this morning on the 405 freeway in L.A.! 🔥 My thoughts and prayers are with all my friends and family up there (including my daughter!) I've been through it here in San Diego, and it's scary as hell. And I know we aren't out of the woods this year either. Please be safe!! 🙏🏻
Via @nbcnews: Surfers are shrouded in smoke-filled skies as the #ThomasFire threatens seaside communities near #Carpinteria, California on Tuesday. The fifth-largest #wildfire in #California history, and one of several burning around the state, has burned over 900 structures, at least 700 of them homes. And it has stretched across nearly 370 square miles of territory.
As the #fire straddling #SantaBarbara and Ventura counties entered its 10th day, crews had carved containment lines around one-quarter of it.
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Take me back to this place right now 🙈Open fire, a glass of wine, books about design and architecture...is this heaven? 😇
It was only last week that we visited @les_hamaques but I feel like I will need an other relaxation soon enough with all the work I have to do 😅
QOTD: Which place/city/country would you like to visit next? 🤔
A smoke plume from the #ThomasFire is seen collapsing in this time-lapse video posted Tuesday by the Ventura County Fire Department. Plume collapses can create dangerous downdraft wind conditions that can spread the fire to surrounding areas. #ktla#fire#socal#california#wildfire
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