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NASA image shows north-south disparity of wildfires in California
NASA image shows north-south disparity of wildfires in California

A recent image captured by NASA's Aqua satellite provides a stark reminder of how Northern California continues to grapple with a series of wildfires, many of them sparked by lightning, while the southern part of the state enjoys relative calm. As the entire state continues to suffer under unrelenting, severe drought conditions, major wildfires have largely been absent from Southern California since a series of blazes tore through San Diego County in May -- one of which was allegedly the result of arson. Northern California, on the other hand, has been taking the brunt of the wildfire season -- a fact that was put into perspective via the large, drifting plume of smoke visible...

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