Nothing was typical about the way the Carr Fire tore into the city of Redding, California on July 27. Photos released by the city late last week show an aerial perspective of the devastation caused by a “fire tornado” when it launched its deadly assault on the community of about 100,000.
The Big Picture
This wildfire transformed from an intense blaze to something even the most senior firefighters had never seen before. A towering, spinning inferno sped downhill, tore across small, outlying subdivisions and towns, and torched parts of the city. Photos show entire homes charred down to the foundation, next to homes that survived as if untouched by the flames.