Satellite imagery shows massive smoke plumes rising above California


Existing fires exploded and new ones started in Northern California Wednesday amid dry bone weather and high winds.

Satellite imagery puts the situation in perspective to emit massive amounts of smoke from at least six large fires burning thousands of acres in an hour.

Daniel Swain, a climate scientist with the Institute of Environment and Sustainability at UC Los Angeles, shared imagery on Twitter Wednesday night, writing “Increasingly ugly view of this PM satellite on NorCal.”

The U.S. Storm Watched Twitter account called the imagery cautious.

Here’s a rundown of six of the most significant wildfires burning in California right now:

Antelope Fire Area unknown, no constraints started 1 August


Dixie Fire 322,502 acres, 35% winning, began July 11th. This is the biggest fire in California so far this year and on Wednesday

River Fire 1,400 acres, no constraints, began 4 August. This home burned dozens of homes in a matter of hours near the town of Colfax.

River Complex 11,580, no constraints. This group of firefighters from the Salmon-Scott River Ranger District in the Klamath National Forest were discovered after a series of storms swept through the area ..

McFarland Fire 21,038 acres, 7% of which, began July 29. This wildfire was not lit and threatened the community of Wildwood.

Fire Monument 17,622 acres, no constraints, began July 30. The fire threatens the communities of Big Bar, Del Loma, Big Flat and Ranch burned down.

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