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The devastating smoke from the west coast stretches into Michigan in a stunning satellite image



A huge cloud of smoke from the forest fires on the west coast was captured in a remarkable satellite image.

The image, tweeted by the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center, shows smoke stretching as far as Michigan. The fires devastated California and Oregon.

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The satellite image shows the devastating smoke.  The area in the orange outline is smoke in the middle upper levels of the atmosphere that reached Michigan.  This comes from the National Weather Service's weather forecasting center, which finds that the red outline near the west coast has thick smoke.

The satellite image shows the devastating smoke. The area in the orange outline is smoke in the middle upper levels of the atmosphere that reached Michigan. This comes from the National Weather Service’s weather forecasting center, which notes that the red outline near the west coast has thick smoke.
(National Weather Service Weather Forecast Center)

“Here is a viewable satellite image, valid at 2 p.m. PDT, showing the magnitude of the devastating smoke,” the Weather Prediction Center tweeted Saturday. “The area in the orange outline is smoke in the middle upper levels of the atmosphere that extends as far as Michigan! The red outline is the thick smoke near the west coast. “

Other satellite images have also shown the incredible extent of the forest fires.

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The death toll has passed 30 and could soar. Oregon officials say they are preparing for a potential “mass casualty event” if more bodies are found in the ashes.

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California has so far borne the brunt of the death toll as more than two dozen active major fires have burned thousands of square miles. President Donald Trump plans to visit the state for a briefing on Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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