Before and after photos show devastation of the California wildfires


As wildfires continue to rage across California, a set of before and after photos brings into focus the utter devastation wrought by the blazes, particularly in the northern California town of Paradise which has essentially been incinerated by the fires.

As of Thursday morning, the Camp Fire has burned over 140,000 acres and is still raging at only 40 percent contained after sparking to life a week ago.

The Before image of Paradise, CA

The Before image of Paradise, CA

Image: Satellite image © 2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company

Paradise, CA, engulfed in flames

Paradise, CA, engulfed in flames

Image: Satellite image © 2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company

Investigators are still searching for a cause of the fire.

Once the fire exploded, it was fueled by already unusually parched timber and grasses and driven quickly, burning 70,000 acres in is first 24 hours, by excessive winds. The fire is California’s deadliest ever with 59 reported deaths as of Thursday morning and more than 100 people still reported missing.

Meanwhile, in Southern California, the Woolsey Fire was 57 percent contained as of Thursday morning as it had burned just shy of 100,000 acres. The other notable recent blaze, the Hill Fire, was 97 percent contained, some rare good news in a horrible week for the state. 

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