By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com
Published: 21:03 BST, 8 September 2020 | Updated: 22:13 BST, 8 September 2020
California is being plagued by 'life threatening temperatures' and out of control wildfires, with flames scorching more than two million acres since August.
The 'Creek Fire' ignited on Friday in Sierra National Forest, which burned more than 150,000 acres and produces a massive 'fire cloud' visible from space.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellites captured the gigantic pyrocumulonimbus cloud that towered an estimated 45,000 feet high above the region.
The phenomenon formed from intense heat released by the flames that mixed with moisture in the atmosphere, resulting in the massive cloud that also produced thunderstorms.
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The 'Creek Fire' ignited on Friday in Sierra National Forest, which burned more than 150,000 acres and produces a massive 'fire cloud' visible from space
Fire Departments across California have battled more than 900 wildfires since August 15, many of which have been spurred by record-breaking temperatures and other freak weather conditions, including concentrations of thousands of lightning strikes in a number of different areas.
Five new fires were identified just over the weekend that have burned more than 100,000 acres in just a few days.
In Northern California, rescuers in military helicopters airlifted 207 people to safety over the weekend after an explosive wildfire trapped them in a popular camping area in Sierra National Forest that has burned since