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Wildfires from space

Ever wondered what 700 wildfires looked like from space? Here's an idea. NASA sent out this satellite photo of the several hundred wildfires burning across California. The bright white clouds are the low, marine clouds, but those grayish-brown swirls in Northern California is smoke.

Among the many fronts firefighters are battling, hundreds are working to save California's scenic Big Sur as a wildfire burns ever closer to historic structures. It's already burned 16 homes and threatens another 500 houses.

The blaze in the Los Padres National Forest is only 3 percent contained and has burned nearly 37 square miles near the coast about a mile south of Big Sur.

A library named after "Tropic of Cancer" author Henry Miller is directly threatened by the fire, but a fire official says so far crews have beaten back the flames. Miller spent the last years of his life at Big Sur.

The National Weather Service predicts more dry lightning toward the end of the week. But forecasters don't think the there'll be an electrical storm as severe as the one last weekend that sparked about 800 fires across Northern California.