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West Fork Fire: NASA Photos Reveal Massive Smoke Plume Seen From Space

The West Fork complex of three wildfires burning in the Rio Grande National Forest continues to rage after more than doubling in size over the weekend and having burned a total of 79,182 acres as of Tuesday. The massive smoke plume from the West Fork Fire could be seen from space and was captured in two recent photos from NASA. In the first photo below, one of the Expedition 36 crew members aboard the International Space Station snapped this 400mm picture of the West Fork Complex fire in southern Colorado on June 19, 2013, via NASA and AP: The next photo was taken on June 22, 2013 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite. The actively burning…