Wind carried smoke from the Wine Country fires as far as Mexico, over 550 miles south of the North Bay.  NASA’s MODIS satellite passed over California on Friday, and the images it captured show a thick line of smoke projected from Santa Rosa out into the Pacific Ocean, parallel to the northern edge of Mexico. The hazy trail measures over 550 miles long.  It can be challenging to put the devastation of the Wine Country fires into perspective, but when viewed from such great heights, one’s cognitive distance

quickly shrinks. The stamp of the fires over the Pacific hints at the devastation wrought upon Northern California, where thousands of acres of homes, businesses, and farmland have been reduced to ash amid multiple fires burning since Oct. 8. Even those outside the line of fire have felt the wrath of the ash-laden smoke, which poured into cities across the Bay Area at the whim of the wind. READ MORE