A mostly silent view from west to east, from yesterday afternoon to today, as our photographer captures images from the destructive Carr Fire which is tearing at the edges of the City of Redding and its population of around 90,000 people.
Firefighters prepare to fight flames as they climb up a hill near Whiskey Town Lake in Shasta County. [All photos and video, unless otherwise specified by Mark McKenna]
An apocalyptic scene as smoke rises from the fire.
A house burns to the ground in the city of Shasta, California.
A crew from Mendocino County tries to save a house in the city of Shasta, California…
But a strong wind and nearby vegetation complicated their efforts.
Flames grab another home…
and this house in little town of Shasta was lost.
Video of the fire
The Carr Fire gutted this structure, too.
Video of a structure fire.
A Sikorsky helicopter drops water on a hot spot near the lake.
Then it heads back to the lake for a refill…
and picks up water from Whiskeytown Lake.
Video of the helicopter.
A view from the east end as smoke from the Carr Fire rises above Whiskeytown Lake.
Fire ignites on the side of highway 299 near the Whiskeytown Lake.
A large column of smoke approaches fire fighters near the east end of Whiskeytown Lake.
A Cal Fire truck drives by flames on 299 in an area of restricted travel near Whiskeytown Lake.
A firefighter battles flames as they climb up a hill near Whiskeytown Lake.
As the sun sets over the Carr Fire, its color turns red from the smoke and is rippled by the heat of the fire.
The hills northwest of Redding were burning as evacuations were ordered.
Last night residents were ordered to evacuate many areas. Today, some of the neighborhoods that were left empty are burned and battered.