It has been a year since the Carr Fire was officially declared to be 100% contained by Cal Fire. It started on Monday, July 23rd, 2018 when a camping trailer had a blowout on one of its right rear tires. When the rim hit the pavement it caused sparking and ignited nearby brush near Carr Powerhouse at Whiskeytown Lake.
Very early the morning of Thursday the 26th our daughter called to say they were evacuating their home in Old Shasta as the fire was bearing down on their neighborhood. They were fortunate as most of the homes near them were destroyed. This is a front view before the fire.
A few facts about the fire.
- Size – 229, 651 acres
- Residential Structures Destroyed – 1,079
- Residential Structures Damaged – 190
- Commercial Structures Destroyed – 22
- Commercial Structures Damaged – 26
- Other Structures Destroyed – 503
- Other Structures Damaged – 61
- Fatalities – 3 civilians and 2 firefighters
After moving South from Whiskeytown it grew rapidly in all directions.The map below shows the perimeter of the fire and red, with Redding city limits shown in black.
Bryon, from Project Kitfox, did a flyover of the area that shows how devastating this fire was, which can be seen below. Please be warned, you will have a sick feeling after watching because you will realize the breadth of the destruction.