Smoke from Sonoma, Napa county fires extends to San Diego in satellite photo

This Oct. 9, 2017 satellite image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows smoke from several fires, noted in red, burning in California, with winds generally blowing from east to west. From the top are the Tubbs and other fires in the Santa Rosa and Napa Valley wine country north of the San Francisco Bay area, top left, several smaller fires in the Sierra Nevada, right center to lower right, and the Canyon 2 fire in Orange County east of Los Angeles, bottom. All graphic material is in the original as released by NOAA. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/NOAA via AP)


A NASA satellite passing over California on Friday captured an arresting image: Smoke trailing from the Wine Country fire in Santa Rosa and Napa more than 550 miles south into the Pacific Ocean off San Diego.

The photograph was taken by the Terra satellite using a Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS instrument. It shows a stream of smoke originating from Santa Rosa extending into the eastern Pacific Ocean at least as far south as San Diego, a distance of 550 miles, NASA said.

More than 100,000 people have been evacuated from the fire zones since Oct. 8. Statewide, more than 5,700 structures have burned, including nearly 3,000 homes in Santa Rosa.

Smoke from the fires has blanketed much of Northern California at various times over the past six days, sparking air quality warnings and curtailing outdoor activities in many communities.

NASA Image of Tubbs Fire smoke