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Here's What The Colby Fire Looks Like From Space

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Two satellite images, courtesy of NASA's Twitter page, show just how large the Colby Fire has become.

According to NASA:

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites captured these images of the Colby fire just before (top) and just after noon on January 16. The morning image is clearer because the scene was centered under the satellite, while the afternoon image is fuzzy because the satellite was observing from an angle.

The fire, which was started by three dudes throwing burning paper into a makeshift campfire, continues to rage on, with containment at 30 percent so far. In the image, smoke emanates throughout the Los Angeles basin and creeps out into the ocean, passing by Catalina Island and heading in a southwesterly direction.

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The blaze has scorched over 1,700 acres so far, injuring three people and destroying five homes.

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