Drone footage fire damage Santa Rosa – LA Times – total destruction as neighbourhoods are razed to the ground

Drone footage of fire damage in Santa Rosa
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Drone footage fire damage Santa Rosa from Los Angeles Times – neighbourhoods razed to the ground

Over 160,000 acres have been destroyed in northern California fires.

Thousands of people have been left homeless by the 22 huge blazes. Fires spreading fast and unpredictably.

Nearly 300 people missing. But police believe may be due to the chaotic nature of evacuations.

Entire towns in the state’s wine-producing region abandoned.

The fires among the deadliest in California’s history and have sent smoke as far south as San Francisco, about 60 miles (100km) away.

Fires have devastated communities as they watch their homes destroyed. Everything inside gone. Dry, arid conditions in the area contributed to the flames

More than 200 fire engines and crews are being rushed to California from the rest of the US, officials said.

Around 73 helicopters, 30 air tankers and nearly 8,000 firefighters were currently battling the blazes.

Manpower stretched to the limit. However surrounding fire services from other regions are helping to battle the fires

Towns evacuated including Calistoga in Napa County, where all 5,000 told to leave.  Police stopped all traffic trying to approach the area.

Emergency service struggle to cope while massive residential areas burned down.

The video gives an idea of how destructive the fires have been. Drone footage gets up close as well as an aerial view of he region.  It also shows how few residential areas miss the fires.  But across the road neighbours premises burned to the ground.

The battle to end the fires is like fighting an unknown entity. Wind often whips up the blaze sweeping it across untouched areas.  A never-ending burn. Difficult to douse. Tanks of water from the air has some effect but like needle in a haystack.

Residents

Residents told to leave.  Nothing they can do to save their property.  No estimate given of the cost involved. Thousands of homes valued at hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars.

In the hills above Santa Rosa, resident Peter Lang was forced to choose between saving his home or more than 1,000 animals.  All trapped at his Safari West wildlife preserve.

The 77-year-old owner said he did not lose a single animal, but his home was destroyed.

Amazing stories of rescues but far outweigh destruction

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