Fighter jet captures dramatic pictures of ‘fire clouds’ over California wildfires
A fighter jet has captured dramatic pictures of the so-called "fire clouds" that are forming above gigantic wildfires raging along the California-Oregon border.
An Oregon Air National Guard F-15C's camera captured the pictures of developing fire clouds, also called pyrocumulus clouds, as part of a NASA search.
The fire is a part of the Beaver Complex fire, which is made up of the Salt Creek fire and Gulch fire. The Beaver Complex fire erupted on 31st of July in Oregon and quickly moved southeast into California. Firefighters could contain only 42 per cent of the fire by Wednesday. It has so far burnt more than 35,000 acres.
More than 80 per cent of California is in the tight grip in drought, which is one of the key causes of frequently erupting wildfires in the state.
Space agency NASA said the most dramatic change was seen as ballooning pillars of smoke formed into tall and cauliflower-shaped fire clouds. The fire clouds formed after heat from blazes raging along the California-Oregon border forced the air to soar.
NASA scientists also underlined that thunderstorm-producing pyrocumulonimbus clouds could also be form due the weather phenomena.
Fire clouds are considered quite dangerous as these clouds can send smoke and other pollutants into the upper atmosphere, enabling wind to spread the pollutants across a wide area. The cauliflower-shaped fire cloud over the Beaver Complex fire discharged a massive puff of smoke into the atmosphere, and winds spread the smoke northeast over Oregon, Idaho and Montana.
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