California wildfires: Flames as seen from space

California wildfires as seen from space on Dec. 5 2017

NASA has released images showing the wildfires sweeping across California from above.

"I was asked this evening if we can see the SoCal fires from space", astronaut Randy Bresnik wrote on his official Twitter account. That, plus the strong Santa Ana winds have combined to create ideal conditions for devastating wildfires.

Thursday is a historically unsafe day in Southern California with wildfires raging near Los Angeles and San Diego.

They show the already burnt areas and the areas still up in flames.

The destructive blaze broke out as firefighters were trying to corral major wildfires around the Los Angeles area and 130 miles (209 kilometers) north near Ventura, where a massive fire threatened Ojai, a scenic mountain town dubbed "Shangri-La" and known for its boutique hotels and New Age spiritual retreats.

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On Friday, President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in California and ordered federal assistance be provided to the victims affected in multiple counties.

Russian astronaut Sergey Nikolayevich Ryazansky also shared some images of the rising smoke plumes. "May the Santa Ana's die down soon".

The photograph below was also taken on December 5 by the Multi Spectral Imager on the European Space Agency's Sentinel-2 satellite.

A Los Angeles County Fire helicopter flies over the Skirball Fire which began early morning in Bel-Air, Calif., Dec. 6, 2017. The MSI makes observations in visible, shortwave infrared and near infrared light.

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