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See an Astronaut’s Epic Photo of the Northwest Wildfires From Space

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Kjell Lindgren—NASA An image of the wildfires in the Northwest taken from the International Space Station and released on Aug. 17, 2015.

The huge columns of smoke can be seen from space

With more than 100 wildfires burning in parts of California, Oregon and Washington, NASA’s astronaut Kjell Lindgren shared a photo of the colossal plumes of smoke seen from space.

“Thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the wildfires in the Northwest,” the flight engineer wrote on Twitter from abroad the International Space Station.

In California alone, more than 11,000 firefighters were mobilized, with the U.S. Forest Service spending more than $100 million each week nationwide. The agency warns it will have exhausted its annual firefighting budget by the end of the week.

Already, more than 7.1 million acres have been charred across the country, a record at this particular time of the year.

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