Jet Captures Fire Clouds Over California Wildfires

New photographs taken from a fighter jet above massive wildfires raging along the California-Oregon border show the formation of so-called “fire clouds,” which can introduce pollution and smoke into the atmosphere, reports The Los Angeles Times.

The camera of an Oregon Air National Guard F-15C captured dramatic images of a developing “fire cloud,” also known as pyrocumulus clouds, on July 31 over the state’s Gulch fire.

The fire is a part of the Beaver Complex fire — made up of two blazes, the Salt Creek and Gulch fires — which saw the “most dramatic” change as billowing pillars of smoke formed into fire clouds, according to NASA, which posted the photos.

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