Carr fire from space: DEADLY wildfire RAGES ON – thousands of homes destroyed and six dead

Thursday, August 2, 2018
By Paul Martin

CARR FIRE in California is continuing on its path of devastation and shocking images from NASA show just how far the blaze has spread – with the flames now covering an area the size of New Orleans.

Thu, Aug 2, 2018

Weather conditions are doing nothing to aid firefighters in tackling the blaze, as fierce winds fan the flames further.

Winds of up to 25mph are helping the fire to spread, as well as temperatures of 35C (95 Fahrenheit) and extreme levels of humidity.

The national weather service warned weather conditions could lead to “dangerous and rapid irregular spreading of a large wildfire”.

There have been more than 1,546 structures destroyed in Redding and the surrounding area with 121,000 acres scorched by the blaze.

Whole neighbourhoods in the Shasta-Trinity area have been destroyed by the wildfire.

More than 4,200 firefighters are battling the flames, which have raged for 11 days so far.

Redding Police Chief Roger Moore, who himself lost his home in the blaze, said social workers and members of the church would be making themselves available to help those distressed by the blaze.

He added: “We recognise that as people enter back into their neighbourhoods, they’re going to know people, family members and neighbours that have lost homes.

“It’s a very emotional period. It takes a toll on people.”

A total of six people have died as a result of the blaze, two of which were firefighters.

Shocking images from NASA taken from space show the devastating spread of the blaze across California.

The images were taken by a Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite.

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