Areas of California are once again in danger of wildfires, as Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti has declared the city as being in a state of emergency due to several wildfires spreading throughout the area.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announces declaration of state of emergency in city due to wildfires. pic.twitter.com/rGEbKxxVY9
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 6, 2017
The fires ravaged through tens of thousands of acres of land in between Santa Clarita, Santa Ana and Ventura County, filling the southern California air with so much smoke that it’s actually visible from space.
These photos captured by NASA show just how drastic the smoke created by the blazes is.
— Drew Tuma (@DrewTumaABC7) December 5, 2017
Continuing to monitor the #fires in SoCal, Suomi NPP satellite captured the power outages last night in #SantaBarbara and #Oxnard. @VCFD #ThomasFire More imagery: https://t.co/eRJpPpx698 pic.twitter.com/CFogVw2JAG
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) December 5, 2017
Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon, as The National Weather Service has indicated that further dry, gusty winds coming from the Santa Ana area could cause more flames to erupt all the way into Friday.
Unofficial burn map of current #Thomasfire #Creekfire and #Ryefire. Weaker but still gusty #SantaAnawinds expected Wednesday before stronger winds return later Wednesday evening into Thursday. #CAwx #LAWeather #LAwind pic.twitter.com/qmuyeXASIh
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) December 5, 2017
Thick smoke is seen streaming from several fires, including the #CreekFire, in southern California in this @NASAEarth satellite view from this afternoon. Take a look: https://t.co/xXJl4Vx6mr pic.twitter.com/uz3dlB4FQv
— NASA (@NASA) December 5, 2017
— Eric Boldt (@wxreport) December 6, 2017
According to the Los Angeles Times, the amount of acres destroyed in the Ventura area by the Thomas Fire alone has gone up to 50,000, along with the 27,000 people forced to evacuate the area. Around 150,000 people in Los Angeles were affected by evacuations as well, as per CNN, due to the Creek Fire burning in the hills outside the city.
All of this comes toward the end of one of the worst wildfire seasons in the history of California, which claims thousands upon thousands of homes and killed at least 40 people.