NASA photo of Ga. wildfires shows the view from space

Watching for any wind shifts to determine smoke coverage.

The view from space gives a clear look at the impact of wildfires across the state: there's smoke everywhere.

A satellite image taken by NASA on Monday shows just how far northerly winds blew smoke from multiple wildfires burning in the mountains of north Georgia. The agency issues a new photo each day.

A haze hung over most of the northern part of the state, including the metro area, but smoke was seen as far away as the Macon area. The conditions triggered a code-red air quality alert from the EPA.

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Winds are expected to shift more west in the overnight hours, offering a relief in the metro area, but 11Alive StormTrackers expect the smoke to return Tuesday morning.

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All of the smoke is a result of the Rough Ridge fire in Fannin County, the Rock Mountain fire in Rabun County and several others in northwest Georgia near the Tennessee border. Wildfires in neighboring states of North Carolina and Tennessee have also contributed to the poor air quality.

All together, the fires have burned tens-of-thousands of acres of forests, with fire crews from the state and across the country working to contain the fires burning through the mountainous terrain.

PHOTOS |  Smoke in the metro Atlanta area

PHOTOS | Wildfires spread across the mid-South

Track the fires burning in Georgia with this interactive map

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