California’s city of ash: Shocking pictures show devastation caused by the Carr Fire, which is now larger than Salt Lake City

Sunday, July 29, 2018
By Paul Martin

On Friday in Shasta County, the evening sun combined with the still smoky air to produce a milky glow
The light illuminated the shattered remains of houses and the skeletons of thousands of charred trees
On Saturday, 3,400 firefighters still battling 48,300-acre Carr Fire which is only three percent contained

28 July 2018

These eerie images show the devastation left by wildfires raging through northern California, which have left two firefighters dead and destroyed 500 homes, as officials warned another 5,000 properties are still threatened.

On Friday, the evening sun combined with the smoky air to produce a milky glow, which illuminated the shattered remains of houses and the skeletons of thousands of charred trees.

In the communities scorched by the blaze, the air is thick with the smell of smoke and chemicals, as the so-called Carr Fire continues to move through Shasta County like a freight train.

On Saturday morning, some 3,400 firefighters on the ground and in helicopters continued to battle the 125 miles fire as it ripped through the city of Redding, while blazes continued to rage elsewhere in the state.

The fire, which was just three percent contained after igniting six days ago, has been fed by high temperatures and low humidity, which were expected for at least the next week, said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott.

‘This fire is a long way from done,’ he said.

Gusty winds reaching 60mph have fanned the flames creating ‘firenadoes’, which are strong enough to flip cars ‘like toys, according to fire service spokesman Scott McLean.

The fire began on Monday with a mechanical failure of a vehicle. It grew completely out of control on Thursday, tearing through two small communities and reaching the city of Redding.

Tens of thousands of people fled the city in fear of their lives from the blaze.

In the small northern California community of Keswick, only a handful of homes remain.

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