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Tabatha Thompson
Headquarters, Washington

Oct. 23, 2007
NASA Satellite Captures New Image of Raging California Wildfires
WASHINGTON -A NASA satellite has captured a remarkable new image of the wildfires raging in Southern California. At least 14 massive fires have scorched about 425 square miles from north of Los Angeles to southeast of San Diego.

The latest image, captured by NASA's Aqua satellite on the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 22, shows the thick, billowing smoke coming off the numerous large fires and spreading over the Pacific Ocean. Fire activity is outlined in red.

Dry, drought-stricken vegetation and Santa Ana winds, which can reach hurricane speeds, have fueled the blazes. The National Interagency Fire Center reports that the Santa Ana winds are expected to continue through Wednesday.

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