(LA Times)– Thick blankets of smoke from wildfires burning in Southern California are visible from space. An image captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA’s Terra satellite shows large plumes of smoke streaming into the Pacific, illustrating the fires’ scope and size.
The fast-moving blazes, centered in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, have been fueled by dry, gusty Santa Ana winds.
Three major fires are raging in Southern California. The first, the Thomas fire in Ventura County, started Monday evening and exploded overnight. The second, the Creek fire, started at 4 a.m. Tuesday near Sylmar. The Rye fire erupted in Santa Clarita shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday
Winds are expected to continue for at least the next three days, the National Weather Service said.
Multiple fires are raging in Southern California. A series of Santa Ana wind-driven wildfires have destroyed at least 180 structures, forced thousands to flee and smothered the region with smoke in what officials predicted would be a pitched battle for days.
Track the key details on Southern California’s fires
Skirball fire (Bel-Air)
Size: 475 acres
Road closures: The 405 Freeway has re-opened in both directions, but some offramps remain blocked
Evacuations: Homes along Casiano Road, and Moraga and Linda Flora drives. Residents of Mandeville and Sullivan canyons should be prepared for evacuation, the Fire Department said.
Damage: 4 to 6 homes destroyed, 11 structures damaged
*As of Wednesday evening
Source:: LA Times