A terrifying scene unfolded Friday afternoon as California’s wind-whipped Mill Fire tore through tinder-dry vegetation and devoured homes surrounding Weed, a small town in Siskiyou County that’s 280 miles north of San Francisco. By Saturday, the winds had calmed and firefighters stopped the wildfire’s rapid spread, but the devastation from the day before became apparent. Wildfire photographers on the ground captured images of gutted cars, piles of ash that were once homes and the torched, blackened landscape.
It will take several days for Cal Fire to nail down exactly how many homes were destroyed on Friday. Cal Fire Siskiyou Unit Chief Phil Anzo said crews worked all day and night to protect structures in Weed and in a subdivision to the east known as Carrick Addition. He said about 100 structures were destroyed.