I found these satellite images of California on Wired News. It's a different perspective on the wildfires than we see on television, showing how big this inferno is, and what firefighters are up against. Here you see a portion of California near San Diego and part of Baja California. The smoke trails are the white ones; the brown trails are actually sand being blown out to sea by the Santa Ana winds. The image was made on Monday by the European Space Agency's Envisat satellite.