California’s devastation from the air: Drone footage and aerial photos show full horror of the state’s wildfires – including town of Paradise that was completely wiped out by the blaze

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
By Paul Martin

New drone footage shows how home after home was leveled in Paradise, where many of the 48 were killed
Camp Fire is now the deadliest in state’s history, burning through more than 160,000 acres in just six days
As of Wednesday the blaze only remains 35 percent contained and more than 200 people are still missing

14 November 2018
Home after home completely leveled, cars all burned to a crisp, everything in site either gray rubble or black ash.

This is the horrific portrait of devastation captured by new drone footage in Paradise, the Northern California town that was completely wiped out by the Camp Fire.

The Camp Fire is now the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history, killing at least 48 people and destroying more than 6,500 homes and 260 buildings as it burned through more than 160,000 acres.

After six days, the blaze only remains 35 percent contained and more than 200 people are still missing.

The new drone footage, obtained by ABC10, shows all that is left in Paradise, which was consumed so quickly by the Camp Fire that many victims didn’t even have time to start their cars. Some bodies were found laying next to vehicles.

Plot after plot of land, where houses in the popular retirement community of 27,000 once proudly stood, are now completely empty.

What was once bedrooms, kitchens, and backyards are now entirely indistinguishable, all reduced to similar looking pieces of rubble.

In one plot, all that eerily stands is a slew of porch steps leading up to a home that no longer exists.

On the opposite end of California, there were similar scenes of devastation as a Los Angeles sheriff shared aerial images of the Woolsey Fire’s destruction.

The heartbreaking photos, shared by Sheriff Jim McDonnell, show rows and rows of home reduced to rubble, the trees and vegetation surrounding them singed to nothingness.

‘While touring #WoolseyFire burn areas & seeing the devastation from above it brings a greater understanding that each house is a home,’ McDonnell tweeted alongside the photos on Tuesday. ‘Each home has a life & memories attached to it.’

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