(CNN) — Heat from California’s Creek Fire is creating dangerous thunderhead clouds rising over 45,000 feet high.
The wildfire has already scorched 152,833 acres in its four days of burning through the Sierra National Forest. It’s been generating weather, which is in turn is fueling its growth.READ MORE: Suspect In November 2020 Sacramento County Apartment Shooting That Left 2 Dead Arrested In Las Vegas
Imagery from NOAA’s GOES-17 satellite is showing just how big the Creek Fire thunderhead got.
These wildfire-created thunderhead clouds, or pyrocumulonimbus clouds, occur because the fire-heated air rises and carries water vapor up, causing the thunderheads. Common sense would suggest rain clouds would help firefighters knock down the blaze.READ MORE: Chase Ends In Deputy-Involved Shooting Near Modesto, 2 People Taken To Hospital
But the rain creates wind that gives more oxygen to fuel the fire and can cause it to jump fire lines.
Thunderheads are also well known for their lightning, which can create new fires.MORE NEWS: Woman Dies After Fire At UC Davis’ Solano Park Housing Complex
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