After the Smoke Clears
June 12, 2019
by Carolyn Drake
In September and October, 2018 Carolyn Drake documented the devastation caused by two of the many wildfires that swept through California during the Summer of 2018.
The Carr Fire, which occurred in Shasta and Trinity counties, was the seventh most destructive in state history. It consumed 230,000 acres of land, destroyed 1,600 structures, caused more than $1.6B in damages, and resulted in in 8 deaths.
The Mendocino Complex Fire was the largest of its type in state history. Composed of two wildfires, the River Fire and Ranch Fire, it covered 460,000 acres, destroyed 280 buildings, caused $257M in damages, and resulted in the death of one firefighter.