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SAN DIEGO — Smoke plumes from wildfires that have burned more than 15,000 acres in San Diego County this week are visible from space.

NASA released a satellite photo taken on Wednesday that clearly shows the smoke from fires in Carlsbad, San Marcos and Camp Pendleton being blown far out to sea by the Santa Ana wind pattern.

The natural-color satellite image was made by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite. Image analysts at NASA outlined actively burning areas in red based on thermal data from MODIS.

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