News reports last night reported that the Santa Ana winds pushing Southern California’s wildfires had begun to slow down. These images, captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite, offer some visual proof.

The image on the left was taken yesterday afternoon, and the one on the right was captured on October 22nd. Yes, there are still enormous clouds of smokes stretching west over the Pacific in yesterday’s shot, but they’re very different from the ones on the right, in which the winds create a narrow trail of smoke. You can really see how the strong winds are pushing on the fires.

On the other hand, in yesterday’s image, on the left, the smoke sort of pools over the burns before flowing westward.—Gregory Mone