The California Rim Fire Seen from the International Space Station by Astronaut Luca Parmitano

The wildfire is still expanding, it's now the fourth largest in the state

By on September 2nd, 2013 19:56 GMT

The California Rim Fire is now the fourth-biggest in history in the region. It's been blazing for more than two weeks now and it shows no sign of stopping. Firefighters are making some progress isolating the fires in some regions, but it's far from contained.

In fact, authorities don't expect to control the fire for three more weeks. Recent wind changes have also started pushing the smoke towards the Yosemite Valley, contributing to a decline in visitors in the Yosemite National Park.

The fire is too big to get a comprehensive view of it, unless you're in space. NASA has been helping the firefighting efforts with satellite imagery, but astronauts aboard the ISS have been posting their own images of the devastation.

These images make it to the public much faster than official photos, thanks to the "miracle" of Twitter in space.

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