What’s left when a California wildfire burns everything in its path?
MIDDLETOWN, CALIFORNIA — At the corner of Young and Jefferson Streets here, there’s not much to see but piles of charred rubble. Houses are disintegrated, some revealing the burnt innards of what was previously shielded from the outside world: an oven, a washer and dryer, an exercise bike. Husks of cars and trucks line the streets; the shells of burnt ties are hues of ashen gray
The fire is still burning after charring 67,200 acres as of Wednesday morning, though firefighters have made some progress, with 30% of the fire now contained. Still, though, Cal Fire lists 9,000 structures as threatened. The number of homes destroyed, which stood at 585, is likely to increase as more damage assessments are conducted. Read more…