After a week of deadly wildfires destroyed parts of North Bay, new footage shows the extent of the damage. From wiping out entire neighborhoods to toppling iconic structures, the firestorm, billed the worst-ever fire in state history, will take billions of dollars and countless hours to clean up.
Already the death toll has climbed to 41. That number is expected to rise as search and rescue efforts get underway. More than 5,700 structures have been destroyed and more than 182,000 acres of land scorched.
One of the most hardest hit areas was the Coffey Park neighborhood of Santa Rosa.
According to SFist, “Private citizens are still being asked to refrain from flying drones over the area.” The reason is because firefighting planes are unable to fly over areas with drones buzzing around, hence the temporary ban. At least one drone pilot was arrested for buzzing his camera above fire damaged areas. (Consider yourselves warned.)
While authorities have forbade drone pilots to fly over the area, but KPIX was able to obtain permission to shoot the following footage.
The following footage, filmed in the Coffey Park area, was shot using an iPhone while riding a bike in the aforementioned neighborhood.
Also of note, the iconic "glass house," located in Fairfield on the border of Solano and Napa counties, was destroyed in Atlas Fire. The home, built in 2003 by John Roscoe, founder of the "Cigarettes Cheaper!" chain, was noted for its hexagonal shape and walls of glass. The Atlas fire took it out in one day. The owner says he will rebuild, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Here’s what it used to look like. Here’s what it looks like now:
Some 360-degree camera footage, care of Gabe Slate at KRON 4 News, was also posted to Facebook. The footage comes from Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park neighborhood.
360 Video: Walking through Fire Destruction in Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park neighborhood. (Move around up/down & side to side inside video with touch on a phone or by mouse on computer) #theta360Posted by Gabe Slate on Friday, October 13, 2017
360 Video: Driving through Fire Destruction in Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park neighborhood, East Side. (Move around up/down & side to side inside the video when it's playing with touch on a phone or with mouse click drag on computer)Posted by Gabe Slate on Friday, October 13, 2017
As of Monday, the Tubbs fire has been 70 percent contained, while the Atlas fire is contained at 68 percent. For more information on fire containment, check out our North Bay fire map.
- Skydrone 5 Video Shows Extent Of Coffey Park Destruction [KPIX]
- Haunting New Drone Footage Reveals Destruction Left In Wake Of Tubbs Fire [SFist]
- 360 Video: Walking through fire destruction in Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park neighborhood [KRON 4 News]
- Fairfield's infamous 'Glass House' destroyed in Atlas Fire [SFGate]