Aerial Image Shows How Hard Firefighters Worked to Protect Homes from Carr Fire

Sean Breslin
Published: August 8, 2018

Destroyed homes and trees are seen in an aerial image taken in a Redding, California, neighborhood in the wake of the Carr Fire.
(City of Redding)

All it takes is one image to see just how difficult firefighters' jobs have been while battling the intense infernos in Northern California.

The above image, released this week by the city of Redding, showed charred forests and burned homes, the aftermath of the aggressive Carr Fire which burned through western parts of the city of 90,000 for days. It's evident that fire crews put up an intense battle to save the homes in the picture, losing a few to the fire but saving most in this neighborhood.

It's a task firefighters find increasingly more challenging these days, with more homes being built in wildland areas: push the flames away from residential areas and into uninhabited zones as best they can.

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These were just a few of the more than 1,000 homes destroyed by the 271-square-mile wildfire that has been burning for more than two weeks in Shasta and Trinity counties. At least seven deaths have been blamed on the Carr Fire, and more than 38,000 people were ordered to evacuate their homes.

The conflagration started when a tractor-trailer tire blew out and sparks ignited from the rim hitting the asphalt, officials said. Within days, the fire destroyed nearly 1,600 structures, becoming the sixth most destructive wildfire in California history.


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