A wildfire that erupted Monday afternoon north of Big Bear quickly grew to more than 850 acres and is producing smoke that is visible from a NOAA satellite.
The National Weather Service released this image, showing the fire’s plume wafting north toward Barstow.
The fire is reportedly churning through dry grasslands that have been further turned to kindling this week by a sustained heatwave. Temperatures rose to the upper 80s and low 90s in the area of the blaze, which is being called the Holcomb wildfire. The heat will continue through Thursday.