Striking images show California wildfires from space

The photos were taken this week from the International Space Station.

— -- The California wildfires have burned through so much acreage in the Golden State that the smoke is visible from space.

A major Santa Ana weather event with wind gusts between 70 and 80 mph, and low relative humidity are to blame for the Skirball fire, which is threatening Los Angeles' affluent Bel Air neighborhood, officials said.

The four fires are currently blazing through thousands of acres in California, forcing residents to evacuate. Each of the fires was at just 5 percent containment or below as of Wednesday afternoon.