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Smoke smothers Southern California in gripping photos from space

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More than 500 structures have been damaged and more than 120,000 people have evacuated as fires burn in half a dozen counties in Southern California. President Donald Trump approved a California disaster declaration Friday morning, ordering federa
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More than 500 structures have been damaged and more than 120,000 people have evacuated as fires burn in half a dozen counties in Southern California. President Donald Trump approved a California disaster declaration Friday morning, ordering federa

As multiple wildfires wreak havoc on Southern California, astronauts and satellites are documenting the scene from above.

The images offer a different perspective on the scope of the fires, with most capturing massive plumes of smoke.

“This week, @OrbitalATK’s #Cygnus cargo craft launched 14 CubeSats into Earth orbit after leaving @Space_Station,” NASA said on Twitter. “The station crew saw California’s wildfires & shared imagery with first responders, helping efforts on the ground.”

Astronaut Randy Bresnik of the NASA Expedition 55/56 crew is among those keeping an eye on the blazes.

He even sent a shout-out to first responders and citizens doing their part to stop the fires.

Cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky, known for making spacewalks outside the International Space Station, was also watching the fires’ progress:

“Data & imagery of the California wildfires from our satellites, people in space and aircraft, not only give us a better view of the activity, but also help 1st responders plan their course of action,” NASA said on Twitter.

Smoke from the Southern California fires is making it to the Bay Area, SFGate reported Friday. The region has a Spare the Air alert and residents are likely to smell smoke.

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