California’s fast-moving Creek Fire spawns ‘fire cloud’ visible from space

California’s fast-moving Creek Fire spawns ‘fire cloud’ visible from space

Fires continue to ravage California, with five new blazes igniting since Friday (Sept. 4).

The worst of those fires started on Friday and has already covered more than 75,000 acres (300 square kilometers). Called the Creek Fire, it has likely spawned fire tornadoes and forced the California Air National Guard to rescue more than 200 people trapped by the flames, according to the Washington Post.

Related: California wildfire damage spotted from space (photos)

A still from a NOAA animation of a pyrocumulonimbus cloud over California that was shared on Sept. 6, 2020.  (Image credit: NOAA)

The Creek Fire also created a staggering “fire cloud” that a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite could see from space. 

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