California fires from SPACE: Shocking NASA picture shows severe damage nearing Los Angeles
Red flag warnings have been extended across much of Southern California through Saturday, while high winds warnings are in effect for mountains and valleys in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
The four blazes – known as the Thomas fire, the Rye fire, the Creek fire and the Skirball fire – have between them consumed hundreds of acres, destroying homes and businesses that stand in their path.
And the flames have burned so vastly they can even been seen from space.
The thick smoke from the fires could be seen from the International Space Station, according to Astronaut Randy Bresnik.
He tweeted: “I was asked this evening if we can see the SoCal fires from space. Yes Faith, unfortunately we can. May the Santa Ana’s die down soon. #Californiawildfire.”
Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer from NASA’s Terra satellite detected evidence of the fire, according to the Weather Channel.
Satellite shots show huge swathes of red spreading across the map as the fires continue to burn.
And the dish also picked up more detailed images that show the huge plumes of smoke coming from the Thomas fire.
Thick blankets of smoke streamed into the Pacific Ocean as the Thomas fire in Ventura County-burned more than 50,000 acres in less than a day powered by dry Santa Ana winds.
Smaller smoke plumes from the Creek and Rye fires are also visible.
The images come as California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, freeing state funds and resources to assist firefighters.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it approved grants to help cover the cost of emergency work for the Thomas fire and two others.
US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the path of the wildfires.
He tweeted: “I encourage everyone to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials. THANK YOU to all First Responders for your incredible work.”
Hundreds of schools have been forced to close their doors as raging wildfires wreaked havoc on Southern California, forcing about 200,000 people to flee for their safety.
Almost 250,000 homes are without power and huge swathes of highways have been shut down as officials try to slow the path of the flames.
Hundreds of firefighters have been working nonstop to battle the blazes racing across hillsides and through neighbourhoods, destroying homes and businesses in their way.