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Smokey skies

California continues to be plagued by wildfires, including the Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles and the Camp Fire to the north of Sacramento.

The latter already attained the unfortunate title of California's deadliest fire on record, after blazing through more than 125 000 acres (500 km ²) and destroying thousands of homes, destroying the city of Paradise, in just a week. More than 50 000 people needed to be evacuated and around 60 casualties are reported.

The on-going drought conditions, the rugged terrain and, in the first days, strong winds hampered the efforts of more than 8 000 firefighters that responded from nearly a dozen US states.

In this image sequence, Proba-V captures the conditions just prior to the fire outbreak of 7 November, with clear and extensive smoke plumes in the following images of the 14 and 17 November.

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© ESA-BELSPO 2018, produced by VITO
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