The wildfires raging throughout California are a sight to behold from 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Earth.
Astronauts aboard the Worldwide House Station (ISS) have taken dramatic new photographs of the harmful and damaging blazes, that are blackening big swaths of the Golden State and throwing off smoke that billows far to the east.
“California burning. These fires are scary to look at, even from area,” European House Company (ESA) astronaut Alexander Gerst wrote through Twitter Friday (Aug. three), the place he posted photos of a number of massive fires and their even bigger smoke plumes. “Here is a shout-out from area to all firefighters on this planet, my former colleagues. Keep protected, my buddies!” [In Photos: The 2018 California Wildfires as Seen from Space]
NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold — a crewmember on the ISS’ present Expedition 56 together with Gerst and 4 different spaceflyers — posted some hearth photographs of his personal through Twitter at present (Aug. 6).
“Plumes of billowing smoke from the #CaliforniaWildfires stretch eastwards [toward] the Rocky Mountains,” Arnold tweeted.
Dozens of fires are presently burning throughout California. The largest is the Mendocino Advanced, which is now the second-largest wildfire in state historical past.
The Mendocino Advanced consists of two neighboring Northern California blazes, the Ranch and River fires. The Ranch Fireplace has scorched 225,001 acres (91,055 hectares) thus far and is simply 21 % contained, in keeping with the California Division of Forestry and Fireplace Safety (Cal Fireplace). The River Fireplace has burned 48,663 acres (19,693 hectares) and is 58 % contained.
The Mendocino Advanced hearth has not killed anybody up to now. The identical can’t be stated of the Carr Fireplace, which is raging farther north, in Shasta County; it has claimed seven lives thus far. The Carr Fireplace has burned 163,207 acres (66,048 hectares) as of this morning and is 45 % contained, in keeping with Cal Fireplace.
For the most recent updates about all California’s wildfires, go to Cal Fireplace’s “Incidents” web page.
ISS crewmembers aren’t the one eyes monitoring the fires from orbit. Quite a lot of satellites are doing precision monitoring work, together with NASA’s Terra and Aqua craft.
Initially revealed on House.com.