NASA satellite captures California wildfires smoke
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Dateline: California - 9 October 2017
Date: 10/10/2017 04:47 AM
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California - 9 October 2017
1. STILLS (2x) Satellite images of smoke from wildfires over California
2. STILL Satellite image of smoke from wildfires, annotated with placenames
Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through California wine country on Monday, killing at least 10 people and injuring at least 100.
True colour images taken by equipment aboard NASA's Aqua satellite showed columns of smoke from the wildfires clouding the skies over the state.
The flames destroyed 1,500 homes and businesses and sent thousands fleeing, according to authorities.
The fires broke out nearly simultaneously and then exploded overnight, sending residents fleeing as embers rained down and flames raged around them.
Two hospitals in Santa Rosa, the largest city in the region with 175,000 people, were forced to evacuate patients.
Later in the day, fires from ruptured gas lines dotted the smoky landscapes of blackened Santa Rosa hillsides.
The large majority of the injured were treated for smoke inhalation, according to St. Joseph Health, which operates hospitals in the Santa Rosa area.
The number of injured was expected to climb as information comes in for all the other areas affected by the firestorm consuming the state.
The flames were unforgiving throughout Santa Rosa, torching block after block with little to salvage.
Hundreds of homes in the Fountain Grove area were leveled by flames so hot they melted the glass off of cars and turned aluminum wheels into liquid.
The fires throughout the region were among the deadliest in California history, and fire officials expected the number of fatalities to increase.
Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Yuba counties.
Authorities imposed a sunset-to-sunrise curfew in Santa Rosa, saying they were on the lookout for looters.