NASA filmed a sinister and rare image of a "cloud fire" caused by a fire in eastern Washington.
The phenomenon was captured on camera on Aug. 8 by atmospheric scientists aboard a modified Hellenic Douglas DC-8 that NASA uses as a flying laboratory.
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Fire clouds or pyroCumulus (pyroCb) are caused when fires send enough heat and moisture into the atmosphere to cause thunderstorms, according to NASA.
The Space Agency is working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA on a project called Fire Effects on Regional and Global Environment and Air Quality (FIREX-AQ) to monitor the impact on air quality and climate of fires and agricultural fires in the US  A DISTANCE ALLIANCE PLANE WITH THREE RED SUNS OPENED
The photo was shot at about 30,000 feet (5.6 miles) and shows the setting sun through thick smoke, according to NASA. "The particles in the smoke reflect light in a way that makes the sun look orange," he said in a statement. "The photo below shows the smoke jet (gray) that fed the pyroculonimbus cloud (white)."
"The views were absolutely stunning," says David Peterson, a forecaster for FIREX-AQ, who was in the DC-8 cockpit. when the photo was taken, in a statement. "Very few pictures of large piroCbs are available, especially from the air."
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"PyroCb is like big chimneys carrying a lot of smoke in the lower stratos" Add he.
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