Relentless wildfires continue to engulf California from two directions: Firefighters battle the raging Holy Fire in the south and the Carr Fire in the north that has left thousands homeless and destroyed huge swathes of land

Saturday, August 11, 2018
By Paul Martin

The Holy Fire in Southern California continues to rage, leaving charred trees and reducing homes to rubble
Shocking aerial shots reveal how neighborhoods in Northern California were burned to ground by Carr Fire
On Friday firefighters tackled the Holy Fire blazing perilously near homes in Lake Elsinore
Holy Fire started in the Cleveland National Forest of Orange County and has spread more than 19,000 acres
Planes flew over the area dumping water and pink retardant to protect foothill communities from fire
The blaze displaced 20,000 people and a dozen forest cabins and one home was lost in inferno on Thursday
Firefighters across the state are battling more than 20 wildfires, including the Carr Fire and the Mendocino Complex Fire, the largest fire to rage in the state’s history

11 August 2018

Wildfires continue to rage across Southern California, leaving neighborhoods absolutely decimated as homes are reduced to skeleton frames, trees charred, and the ground covered in a layer of ash, all while Northern California is reeling in the wake of the Carr Fire’s damage.

On Friday firefighters worked furiously to contain the Holy Fire burning homes in Lake Elsinore, while crews in the north finally gained ground on the Carr blaze that has been wreaking havoc for the past two weeks, killing eight and destroying hundreds of homes.

Aircrafts were seen making flight after flight to Lake Elsinore to dump water and bright pink retardant to protect the land and nearby foothill communities from being swept up in the fire.

But the fire advancing through the dense, bone-dry brush of the Cleveland National Forest continued to blaze forward.

Firefighters watched on as they let the Holy blaze burn some hillsides as a way to reduce fuel and make it harder for flames to jump roadways and into communities if the wind picks up again.

A dozen forest cabins were burnt in the fire and one home was lost on Thursday. Firefighters managed to control the flames and prevent it from blazing on into the neighborhoods.

Dan Pritchett lost his home in Thursday’s fire, adding he and his brother stayed in the home until a wall of flames roared nearby.

‘I turned to him and said, “Let’s go.” (There were) 100ft flames right on the crest of the hill, right in front of me,’ Prichett said to KNBC-TV.

More than 20,000 residents were evacuated as firefighters allowed the fire to get perilously close to their homes, propelled by gusty winds.

The winds are expected to roar again come Saturday afternoon.

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