NASA's Terra satellite collected this natural-color image of the California wildfires with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, MODIS, instrument on October 10, 2017.
Updated: October 11, 2017 1:48 PM ET | Originally published: October 11, 2017 1:00 PM EDT

Wildfires raging across Northern California have left at least 17 people dead and destroyed more than 3,500 homes and businesses throughout California’s wine country since Sunday.

Spurred by powerful winds, more than a dozen wildfires have forced thousands of people out of their homes and destroyed California wineries in the Northern California region.

A photo from NASA showing the California wildfires from space reveals actively burning “hot spots,” which are outlined in red. The hot spots on the map are peppered throughout Northern California, including areas surrounding Napa, Calistoga and Mendocino County.

NASA’s Terra satellite took the photo of the California wildfires from space, and highlighted the hot spots using an instrument that detected higher temperatures in those areas.

See how the California wildfires look from space above.

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