Aerial photos reveal California wildfire devastation
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Aerial photos reveal California wildfire devastation

Image via city of Redding

The City of Redding's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Division has published a series of aerial images showing the devastation caused by the ongoing Carr Fire in Shasta County, California. Located approximately 100 miles north of the Mendocino Complex fire, the Carr Fire has destroyed approximately 176,000 acres of land, more than 1,000 homes, and claimed eight lives.

The aerial images, which are available publicly on Redding's GIS website, reveal burned homes, vehicles and wilderness. The images were captured in part using UAVs equipped with cameras. According to ABC News, the fire was 48% contained as of Thursday morning, but experts expect it to continue into September. More than 13,000 firefighters are working to control the blaze.

Aerial photos were collected as part of a multi-agency collaboration. Licensed UAV pilots from Menlo Park Fire District, Alameda County Sheriff, Contra Costa Sheriff, and other agencies assisted the City in capturing the aerial photos. The City would also like to acknowledge CAL FIRE for permitting the use of UAV technology to assist in damage assessment.