Images captured from space by two satellites of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) show the extent of the fires that struck southern California this Tuesday.
The evening report from the California Department of Fire and Forest Protection ( CalFire ) indicated that three fires located in Ventura and Los Angeles counties had wiped out more than 66,000 acres.
The fires that began Tuesdaythe morning have advanced quickly due to the strong winds and the almost null humidity that prevails in the region due to the Santa Ana condition.
More than 27,000 residents have been evacuated and dozens of homes have been incinerated, while the smoke that covers the area has caused a health emergency.
The Thomas fire, in Ventura County, has spread over 55,000 acres, while the Creek and Rye fires, in Los Angeles County, had burned 11,000 and 5,000 acres, respectively.
NASA reported that the photograph of the smoke was captured by the Terra satellite after midday on Tuesday, while the images for the night comparison were taken by the Suomi NPP satellite between Monday and Tuesday.