Fact Check: Old picture of clouds during sunset shared with false California wildfires claim

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A picture of red, smoky clouds is being shared on social media with a claim that it was taken during the recent California wildfires.
“A view of the California wildfires above the clouds, scary,” the caption of the post read.

Here’s the link to the above post.
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NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found the claim to be false.
We put the picture through Reverse Image Search and found the same image on Imgur dated August 1, 2018. “Altocumulus clouds & sunset at 30,000ft, ” the picture was titled.

Taking a cue from the above information, we ran a keyword search using “Altocumulus clouds sunset 2018” and found a link to the Instagram post featuring the same image.
The picture was uploaded by Instagram user Nathan Province in July 2018 and it was geotagged to Honolulu, Hawaii.
“I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled!🔥 .
Luke 12:49. https://youtu.be/wOGDES7nHkU. This post is a sunset 🌅 .
#nofilter #Love #30000feet #Oahu #Honolulu #sunset” the caption of the Instagram post read.

We checked out the YouTube link mentioned in the caption and found the video of the clouds during sunset, uploaded by Nathan on YouTube, titled ‘Hawaiian Sunset @30,000ft’.

We also scanned through the comments on the post and realised that the picture was clicked by Nathan himself.
NewsMobile reached out to Nathan and he confirmed to us that the picture was clicked by him on July 28, 2018, in Hawaii.
“It was taken in 2018 from 30000ft during a beautiful sunset in Hawaii,” he told NewsMobile.
Hence, it is clear that the picture in question is old and has no relation to the recent California wildfires.

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