Astronauts And NASA Have Been Sharing Photos From Space Showing The Immensity Of The California Wildfires
Astronauts, space stations, and NASA have been sharing photos of how the California wildfires look from outer space. What they reveal is just how immense the size of the devastation is in and around Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
CNN reports that, as of today, six wildfires in California have burned nearly 160,000 acres and have forced 190,000 people out of their homes. More than 5,700 firefighters are currently involved in trying to contain the blazes.
Reuters reports at least 500 structures have been destroyed by the fires and 86,000 homes could be destroyed in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. At the current rate of destruction, CoreLogic CLGX.O, a New Jersey-based risk analysis firm, reconstruction could possibly total $27.7 billion.
On Friday, President Trump issued a federal emergency declaration for the state of California, which allows FEMA and Homeland Security to institute relief efforts.
To put the size of the damage being caused by these wildfires in perspective, here are some of the photos that the astronauts, space stations and NASA have been sharing over the past couple of days.
And here’s an image one Twitter user made showing the locations of the various cities being affected in California.
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Almost 200,000 people have been forced from their homes by wildfires rampaging through California as firefighters on Thursday raced to tackle another new blaze. The number of evacuees almost quadrupled as a fifth fire broke out to the north of San Diego. Fire crews are struggling to contain the blazes which are being fanned by the region’s Santa Ana winds, which could yet reach hurricane force. The hot, dry winds blow in from the California desert, and the state CAL Fire agency warned that gusty condition and low humidity would exacerbate the danger throughout the weekend. . . . #fire #fires #california #la #losangeles #telegraph
Our thoughts are with everyone being affected by this monumental disaster. Be safe, everyone.