Photos from space show the incredible scale of the devastation caused by the still-raging Southern California wildfires, which have blackened almost 200,000 acres and forced thousands of people from their homes.
From his perch aboard the International Space Station 250 miles above the Earth’s surface, NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik snapped a series of unsettling photos and posted them on Twitter.
“Today’s pass over SoCal unfortunately doesn’t look any better,” he said in a tweet posted on the evening of December 7. “The fires east of Camp Pendleton and in Baja are visible as well.”
That glum tweet came on the heels of two earlier tweets about the fires that Bresnik posted the previous day.
The Terra photo shows thick plumes of smoke streaming out over the Pacific Ocean.