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California wildfires - from space


NASA's Earth-observing satellites have been snapping pictures this week of the devastating wildfires that have scorched southern California and burned hundreds out of their homes.
Here's one showing the smoke plumes streaming out over the Pacific Ocean.
Here's another showing how the fires blossomed in just a few hours on Sunday afternoon.
Here's one shot Monday. Amazing. The red dots show where infrared imagers spotted intense heat on the ground - fire.
And here's one shot today.

A home burns in the massive Californian bushfire. October 22, 2007. (AFP: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)


More than 500,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes in California's San Diego County as wildfires rage across the state, officials said.
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