Helicopter Footage Shows Devastating Aftermath Of "California's Deadliest Wildfire Disaster"

Tyler Durden's picture

With at least 29 dead, and over 3500 houses destroyed, the devastating series of fires that has ravaged Northern California's Wine Country has to be seen to be believed. As smoke clogs the air up to 100 miles away and with schools and sports programs shut down across the entire NorCal region, this disaster is already being called states deadliest wildfire in history.

“These fires are a long way from being contained, so we’re doing the best we can for people that have been displaced and help them to hopefully rebuild their lives” said Barry Dugan, a Sonoma County spokesman.

Have already burned more than 191,000 acres - an area nearly the size of New York City.

Entire neighborhoods have been lost...

But the park survived...

But Kmart was not so lucky...

As the following shocking aerial footage shows, there is nothing left of some of the states (and country's) most beautiful places to live...

But, as Michael Snyder notes, the true extent of the devastation will not be known until the crisis is over, and it looks like the worst chapters may still be ahead. USA Today is reporting that no rain is in the forecast, and strong winds are going to continue to push wildfires very rapidly across the region…

“No rainfall is forecast for ongoing fires in California,” the weather service said.

 

“Strong winds behind the front will bring elevated-to-critical fire weather threats to active fires across northern California today.”

Normally, it is one of the most beautiful areas on the entire planet, but now it is literally being transformed into a complete and total nightmare.

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YUNOSELL's picture

Creative Destruction --- gotta be good for someone -- probably Goldman Sachs I'm guessing

NoDebt's picture

This is what happens when you don't do occasional controlled burns of only a few dozen houses every year.  

overbet's picture

I dont understand why they dont do controled burns. Its common knowldge this is the way to prevent these fires. That state has to be one of the most fuck up backwards places in the world. 

charlewar's picture

Gov Moonbeam too busy kissing illegals asses to worry about muslim lightning.

major major major major's picture

Is that like jewish lightning but when you don't actually have insurance when you burn your house down?

remain calm's picture

Climate Change. If we tax you more Californians we could prevent this. ;)

Slack Jack's picture

Record-Setting Hurricanes; Record temperatures; Record-Setting Wildfires; ya think it might be global warming?

THE EVIDENCE OF GLOBAL WARMING IS OVERWHELMING.

So, why is the global rise in temperatures so worrisome?

For one thing, as temperatures rise good farmland will become desert (e.g., dust-bowl conditions will probably return to the American Midwest).

Another major problem is sea-level rise.

Have a look at http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs2-00/

The U.S. Geological Survey people claim that;

The Greenland ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 6.55 meters (21.5 feet),
the West Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 8.06 meters (26.4 feet),
the East Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 64.8 meters (212.6 feet),
and all other ice melting will raise sea-level 0.91 meters (3 feet).

For a grand total of about 80 meters (263 feet).

So, what does an 80 meter (263 feet) rise in sea-level mean. Have a look at the following map of the world after an 80 meter rise. It means that over one billion people will have to be resettled to higher ground and that much of the most productive agricultural land will be under water. Fortunately, at current rates, the Greenland ice sheet will take over a thousand years to melt and the Antarctica ice sheet, much longer. However, the greater the temperature rise the faster the ice sheets will melt, bringing the problem much closer. Remember, the huge ice sheet that recently covered much of North America, almost completely melted in only 15,000 years (today, only the Greenland ice sheet, and some other small patches of it, remain). Since then (15,000 years ago), sea-levels have risen about 125 meters (410 feet), only 80 meters to go.

The ice sheets have been continuously melting for thousands of years. What is left of them today, is still melting, and will continue to melt. Human caused global warning will cause this remnant to melt significantly faster. This is a big, big, problem.

For HUGE detailed maps of the "World after the Melt" go to:

http://preearth.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=23

Global temperatures are increasing. And by quite a lot each year.

2016 is the hottest year on record for global temperatures.

This is 0.0380 degrees centigrade hotter than the previous record year which was 2015.

0.0380 is a large increase in just one year.

2015 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.1601 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2014.

0.1601 is an absolutely huge increase in just one year (at this rate temperatures would increase by 16 degrees in a century).

2014 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.0402 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2010.

http://preearth.net/images/temp-anomalies-1880-2017.txt

The conspiracy to hide global warming data.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is given tax money to make global temperature records available to the public. However, certain people at NOAA continually sabotage this aspect of NOAA's mandate. For example, these people have (deliberately) sabotaged the web-page that delivers the temperature records.

Look for yourself:

Go to the page: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/monitoring-references/faq/anomalies.php scroll down to the The Global Anomalies and Index Data section and click the download button and see what happens. Well, you get the message:

"Not Found. The requested URL /monitoring-references/faq/anomalies-download was not found on this server."

I guess that the 2017 data must be truly horrible if they have to hide it away.

http://preearth.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=23

californiagirl's picture

It looks like these fires may have been the result of poorly maintained , defective, and possibly decayed power poles that fell over or snapped in winds that perhaps reached a few gusts of 75mph. Transformers blew up and wires were sparking in the dry brush along the roadsides.  If PGE was responsible, then they may end up being sued and fined, as when they burned down an entire neighborhood in San Bruno because of shody work and lacking repairs on gaslines. Then a few years later they will again ask  for a 20+% price increase to pay for it all, so the victims will pay even more to the guilty party for the privilege of having had their houses and businesses burned down. And no one will go to jail and no one will be charged with murder.  PG&E has been replacing power poles all over my neighborhood with much taller poles, which hold more electrical equipment and other equipment that I cannot identify,  perhaps for the Smart Grid and/or other surveillance and control.  Hopefully the new poles are properly installed. Fortunately, all the wiring on my specific street is underground.

MisterMousePotato's picture

"Normally, it is one of the most beautiful areas on the entire planet ... ."

Uh. No. It's not.

I have a family member who lives there. Within a quarter mile of the fire, in fact.

I've been to her house. It, and everything within miles, is utterly insipid.

If you're someone who does not know that word, or thinks you've joined the hoi poloi when you stay at a Marriott, well, you might disagree.

But nothing burnt in those fires that can't be replaced with a trip to a Home Depot.

bitplayer's picture

I'm not sure you're someone who knows the word hoi polloi.

MisterMousePotato's picture

I'm actually starting to look forward to SlackJack's comments.

He manages to make me seem particularly intelligent and well educated.

Stuck on Zero's picture

NorCal needs to get together with Houston to average things out.

claytonmoore50's picture

Mexican drug cartels burning out the competition.

Oops! that fire got a little out of control... No me gusta! ay! yi, YI!!!

Keyser's picture

Jerry Brown forbids controlled burns as it might endanger the one-eyed newt population in norhtern Mexifornia... 

claytonmoore50's picture

"Jerry Brown forbids controlled burns as it might endanger the one-eyed newt population in norhtern Mexifornia... "

That's Cali-Corn-Ya if you please...

hxc's picture

Socal does controlled burns. San Diego and Riverside do anyway, I know that much.

DeadFred's picture

This section of the state doesn't burn often enough to make controlled burns worthwhile. The hills across from me haven't burned in a hundred years so they're really beautiful in both winter and summer. No one would want them scarred so you just buy insurance. Each of those homes was a million plus with replacement being 300-500K. Poor insurance companies. They'll rebuild with non flameable siding and roofs. The first night when the most damage was done the wind really howled and the smoke was so thick here 20 miles away that you could hardly breathe. Kind of sucks to think some of that smoke was burned up people.

wisehiney's picture

Sorry about that dude.

Hope the natural beauty returns quickly.

And that the old trees survive.

booboo's picture

Hardi Board and PBR panels and even decorative metal roof products like metal slate will be on the agenda at The California Building Standards Code Confrences this year. Insurance companies have a big say when it comes to the uniform building code. Expect changes. Combustible claddings for the most part will become a thing of the past after this.

Killdo's picture

they don't even clean streets properly in San Francisco - usually only one side. I've lived here for 5 years and have never seen them clean the right side of the road I see through my window on Russian Hill (one of best parts of SF). A cleaning truck passes once in a while but it only cleans the left hand side

RafterManFMJ's picture

This is where Chicago and Detroit get it right on Halloween night

Got The Wrong No's picture

That is a Builder's and Building Material Producer's dream. Material prices are moving up fast already from the Hurricanes. 

Juggernaut x2's picture

How did you get Weimar-style inflation, Miss Yellen? Slowly, and then all at once.

tion's picture

Mmhmm and the timber tariff on the Leafs.  

Also, I don't understand how the lumber futures works where they don't even specify a species? Is whatever is coming in at the lowest mbf getting delivered?

Refuse-Resist's picture

Somehwere, Sam Kennison says:

 

AAAAAAAHHHHH YOU LIVE IN A FUCKING DESERT!!!! AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!

lil dirtball's picture

> Normally, it is one of the most beautiful areas on the entire planet, but now it is literally being transformed into a complete and total nightmare.

Same could be said of the country on the whole.

Normally Aspirated's picture

Now, I believe that California is covered with Eucalyptus trees that were imported from Australia.

They should have realised that these trees are full of an oil almost as combustable as gasoline once the heat of fire hits them.

Australia is renown for their bush fires. You'd think Eucalyptus trees would be the last tree you'd plant.

NoDebt's picture

You're talking about the same people who grow lush, green lawns in the middle of a desert and then wonder why they run out of water. 

 

 

NurseRatched's picture

Have they called the Transgendered Fire Department to battle this blaze with their battery-powerd trucks and solar-powered pumps?

California must lead the way with an eco-friendly, inclusive response to this fire.  Effective responses are overrated and must be secondary to inclusive, eco-friendly, progressive responses.

DeadFred's picture

When I was in college I thought of joining a fire crew as a summer job. Some of the chicks on it were really hot. Then my wife smacked me aside the head and I changed my mind.

NoDebt's picture

You were married in college?  Oh, my God.  I'm so sorry, dude.  

Is there anything I can do to help?

 

Hongcha's picture

Have you considered running for office in our state?

claytonmoore50's picture

"Have they called the Transgendered Fire Department to battle this blaze with their battery-powerd trucks and solar-powered pumps?"

 LMAO!!!

nightshiftsucks's picture

Not so much in Napa valley,now Oakland Hills that's a different story.

dirtscratcher's picture

BS, Aspirated. I live in So California and have cut down many large Eucalyptus (I'm a landscape contractor). Eucs are full of WATER. I've seen Eucalyptus branches and trunks weep gallons of water as they were being chain sawed. The foliage is flammable when exposed to flame, though, just like any other tree.

DEMIZEN's picture

i wonder what is your opinion on bamboo walls combined with deep thick concrete walls?  

Dutch's picture

Having lived through the 2003 Cedar Fire that burned down my neighborhood, the problem was not the eucalyptus trees, which are full of water along with the oil, but the droppings in which the water evaporates and the oil stays put. The trees themselves mostly survived just fine, though deeply singed. The dry underbrush is bad, and the pine trees are the worst. The pine tree sap just explodes.

Duc888's picture

 

 

Am I to understand that houses burn and evergreen trees do not?  'Cause that's what I get from those pics.

skinwalker's picture

Evergreens require fire to propagate their species and thus are moderately resistant to it.

TheEndIsNear's picture

Evergreen trees are full of resin that burns quite ferociously. Wildfires were burning in evergreen forests in most of the northwestern states recently to the point where the smoke was almost as dense as fog in some areas. There are thousands of burned out evergreen trees in central Idaho from a fire that occurred a couple of years ago. It is a loggers dream. Some of the trees or their buried seed cones may regrow eventually, but a forest fire leaves lots of blackened trees with no leaves. They tolerate cold very well, but not heat.

Proofreder's picture

Several types of forest fires, depending on the type of tree and wind -

most dangerous is the Crown fire in a conifer forest, driven by wind.

Thousands of degrees, moves very fast and often spares ground-level vegetation as the pine crown tops blaze horizontally and the fire runs and runs.

All those closely grouped stick-built homes acted just like a crown fire on the ground in a 60 mph wind.  Not a chance in hell for survivability.

Hope all got out in time.

Mini-Me's picture

Paul Krugman is getting off on all the destruction.

afronaut's picture

Yah they see it as a good way to stimulate the local economy.

Got The Wrong No's picture

I told my wife to stay away from the grille. She never listens.

wisehiney's picture

Housebone connected to the insurancebone, insurancebone connected to the bankbone, bankbone connected to the treasurybone, treasurybone connected to the fedbone.

sister tika's picture

And the fedbone is connected to the joobone.

skinwalker's picture

The jewbone is connected to the reptilianalienbone.

My wife made me write that.

Hongcha's picture

...and the Fedbone is feeding headfirst into the taxmule ass!