See dramatic views from space of California’s raging Kincade Fire

A satellite view of the Kincade Fire on Thursday already shows an enormous plume of smoke over the Sonoma County, California, blaze.

The Kincade Fire, which erupted Wednesday near Geyserville, has burned 74,000 acres as of Wednesday morning and is 15 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reports.

Satellite images show the early spread of the Kincade Fire now rampaging through Sonoma County in California, which has now sent 180,000 evacuees fleeing in its path and consumed 30,000 acres. Maxar Technologies via The Associated Press

Nearly 180,000 Sonoma County residents are under mandatory evacuation orders as a result of the wind-driven blaze, The Sacramento Bee reported.

The satellite image, provided by Maxar Technologies to The Associated Press, was taken from 383 miles up, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. The National Weather Service estimated the smoke plume to be 3,000 feet high.

NASA also released a satellite image of smoke from the blaze drifting over the Pacific Ocean. The photo was shot using a moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer on the agency’s Terra satellite, SciTechDaily reported.

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The National Weather Service posted a photo Tuesday shot by a satellite 488 miles above the Kincade Fire showing smoke drifting out to sea. The reddish colors at the source of the smoke are infrared images, not visible flames, the NWS noted on Twitter.

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Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for more than 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.