European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Barley placed this view of the forest fires in California, seen from the International Space Station (ISS), on Twitter on Aug. 3, 2018.
The forest fires raging in California are a feast for the eye 250 miles (400 km) above Earth.
Astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) have taken dramatic new photos of the dangerous and destructive brands, which are black and large parts of the Golden State and the throwing of smoke rising far to the east.
“California burning. These fires are frightening to watch, even from space,” European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Alexander Barley wrote via Twitter on Friday (Aug. 3), where he posted images of a number of large fires and their even larger plumes of smoke. “Here’s a shout-out of the space to all the firefighters on this planet, my former colleagues. Stay safe, my friends!” [Photos: The 2018 California Wildfires Seen from Space]
NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold — a member of the crew on board the ISS “with the current Expedition, 56, together with Barley and four other spaceflyers — is placed in fire, and pictures of his own via Twitter today (Aug. 6).
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“Plumes of dense smoke from the #CaliforniaWildfires to the east [to] the Rocky Mountains,” Arnold tweeted.
Dozens of fires are currently burning in California. The largest is the Mendocino Complex, which is now the second largest forest fire in history.
The Mendocino Complex, which consists of two neighboring Northern California flourishes, the Ranch and the River of fire. The Ranch Fire has raged 225,001 hectares (91,055 acres) and is only 21 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). The River Fire has burned 48,663 hectares (19,693 acres) and is 58 percent contained.
The Mendocino Complex fire has not killed anyone so far. The same can’t be said of the Carr Fire, which rages to the north, in Shasta County; it has claimed seven lives to date. The Carr Fire has burned 163,207 acres (66,048 ha) this morning and is 45 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.
For the latest updates about all the forest fires in California, go to Cal Fire “Incidents” page.
ISS crew members are not only the eyes follow the burning of a job. A variety of satellites to do precision control work, including NASA’s Terra and Aqua of the craft.
Originally published on Space.com.