Intense wildfires that burned Wednesday afternoon in southern California, casting a trail of smoke that blew many miles over the Pacific Ocean, were captured in this image from NASA's Terra satellite. The fires, which had raged since last weekend, began to come under firefighters' control by Thursday, Reuters reported, after hot Santa Anna winds subsided. The homes of half a million Californians were evacuated this week and at least eight people died in what the White House declared a major disaster.