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    NOAA satellites capture ‘fire cloud’ in California that grew 45,000 FEET high following a blaze in Sierra National Forest that scorched more than 75,000 acres

    • Wildfires have been ravaging parts of California since August 15
    • A fire ignited in Sierra  National Forest on Fri and has burned over 75,000 acres
    • NOAA satellites captured a massive ‘fire cloud’ that is 45,000 feet high
    • The pyrocumulonimbus is formed when heat from flames mixes with moisture

    California is being plagued by ‘life threatening temperatures’ and out of control wildfires, with flames scorching more than two million acres since August.

    The ‘Creek Fire’ ignited on Friday in Sierra National Forest, which burned more than 78,000 acres and produces a massive ‘fire cloud’ visible from space.

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellites captured the gigantic pyrocumulonimbus cloud that towered an estimated 45,000 feet high above the region.

    The phenomenon formed from intense heat released by the flames that mixed with moisture in the atmosphere, resulting in the massive cloud that also produced thunderstorms.

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    The ‘Creek Fire’ ignited on Friday in Sierra National Forest, which burned more than 78,000 acres and produces a massive ‘fire cloud’ visible from space

    Fire Departments across California have battled more than 900 wildfires since August 15, many of which have been spurred by record-breaking temperatures and other freak weather conditions, including concentrations of thousands of lightning strikes in a number of different areas.

    Five new fires were identified just over the weekend that have burned more than 100,000 acres in just a few days.

    In Northern California, rescuers in military helicopters airlifted 207 people to safety over the weekend after an explosive wildfire trapped them in a popular camping area in Sierra National Forest that has burned since Friday afternoon.

    The flames in the park have scorched more than 75,000 acres and created fire tornadoes and intense thunderstorms, Space.com reported.

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellites captured the gigantic pyrocumulonimbus cloud that towered an estimated 45,000 feet high above the region

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellites captured the gigantic pyrocumulonimbus cloud that towered an estimated 45,000 feet high above the region

    ‘@NOAA’s #GOES17 has been monitoring California’s #CreekFire, which grew explosively today after igniting in the Sierra National Forest on Friday,’ NOAA’s public affairs office wrote on Twitter on Sunday, September 6.

    ‘In this loop, you can see the fire’s extraordinary #Pyrocumulonimbus cloud, which reached an estimated 45,000+ ft [14,000 meters, or about 8.5 miles] high.’

    Experts have compared these clouds to large chimneys that send large amounts of smoke into the lower stratosphere.

    When smoke does reach the stratosphere, it tends to spread globally and remain high in the atmosphere for longer periods—months or even years—than smoke that stays in the lower troposphere.

    Experts have compared these clouds to large chimneys that send large amounts of smoke into the lower stratosphere

    Experts have compared these clouds to large chimneys that send large amounts of smoke into the lower stratosphere

    When smoke does reach the stratosphere, it tends to spread globally and remain high in the atmosphere for longer periods¿months or even years¿than smoke that stays in the lower troposphere

    When smoke does reach the stratosphere, it tends to spread globally and remain high in the atmosphere for longer periods—months or even years—than smoke that stays in the lower troposphere

    And it can also send tons of pollutants into the atmosphere.

    Dr. Glenn K. Yue, an atmospheric scientist at NASA Langley Research Center, said: ‘n individual pyroCb can inject particles into the lower stratosphere as high as 10 miles.’

    Some homes surrounding Sierra National Forest have been burned to the ground, but officials have yet to confirm the amount of damage. Officials said at least 2,000 structures were threatened in the surrounding 290 miles of the blaze. 

    The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

    ‘The lake is totally engulfed with smoke. You can’t hardly see in front of you,’ area resident Jack Machado said. ‘The sky’s turning red. It looks like Mars out there.’

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