Thursday, September 25, 2014

King Fire Pyrocumulus From 25,000 Feet

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I only just discovered this image a few hours ago and was blown away by it despite being a bit jaded by all the images of the King Fire in El Dorado County which I have seen since its advent over a week ago. This image was captured from a passenger jet passing over the Big Blow-up of the fire on September 17, 2014, in which about 50,000 acres burned in just several hours in one of the fastest-burning forest fire blow-ups ever observed. For the uninitiated viewing this, the whitish storm clouds in the image are actually pyrocumulus clouds forming atop the smoke coming off of the firestorm. Photo by Jordan Katz (all rights reserved)

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