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Fri, Aug-08-2014 03:42:49

Fighter Jet Captures Towering 'Fire Clouds' Over California

Giant, towering "fire clouds" billowing up from the wildfires currently ravaging California have been captured in stunning images snapped from fighter jets. Almost 80 percent of California is deep in drought. Last year was the driest year in 119 years of record, and 2014 has brought little relief to the parched state. The dried-out vegetation covering California acted like kindling when lightning strikes earlier this month sparked more wildfires that have scorched more than 100,000 acres (400 square kilometers) across the state. Wildfires fanned by high winds can create fire tornadoes, but wildfires can also create huge, towering plumes called pyrocumulus clouds (sometimes called "fire clouds").