Countless numbers of out of control wildfires are creating apocalypse-like conditions in numerous Western states, blotting out the noonday sun behind thick blankets of smoke and depositing ash like freshly fallen snow.

So much smoke has been generated that images from space showed it spreading over large parts of the Lower 48.

One of the hardest-hit states, Montana, has had almost 1 million acres burned since the beginning of summer. Officials there have said this is one of the top five worst fire seasons in state history.