The 93,000 acre wildfire in northern New Mexico is producing a thick funnel of smoke that can clearly be seen from space. An astronaut aboard the International Space Station noticed the large cloud and took this picture, which shows the terrain more clearly than NASA’s satellite photos, the day after the fire began. The space station was 235 miles high at the time.
Though the fire is near the Los Alamos National Laboratory, which works with nuclear materials and other defense technology, it has not approached the facility or its storage units. The fire continues to spread rapidly, consuming dry trees near the Santa Fe National Forest, which add to the broad plume of smoke.