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Armageddon aerials: Drone images show the damage caused by California"s biggest wildfire as charred trees and burnt-out homes litter the state, smoke reaches New York City and eight are confirmed dead while blaze burns onRedding, California released images showing aerial view of the devastation...

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Armageddon aerials: Drone images show the damage caused by California’s biggest wildfire as charred trees and burnt-out homes litter the state, smoke reaches New York City and eight are confirmed dead while blaze burns on

  • Redding, California released images showing aerial view of the devastation caused by Carr Fire
  • Firefighter Andrew Brake, 40, was killed on …

The town of Redding, California has released incredible images captured by a drone showing the scale of the devastation caused by the Carr Fire

Eight people were killed and hundreds of homes were destroyed by the wildfire, one of the largest in California’s history

The drone images show charred forests, burnt trees, desolate neighborhoods, and barren fields

The photos also illustrate just how close the fires came to devouring the few lucky homes that managed to remain standing

Firefighters worked tirelessly to battle the blazes, and in some cases they succeeded in heroically warding off the flames and saving a number of homes

The strategy was to ward off the wildfire so that it would be redirected toward uninhabited areas in hopes of sparing residences

The Carr Fire burned more than 277 square miles, which represents an area larger than that of Chicago

Redding is the county seat of Shasta County in Northern California - about 200 miles north of San Francisco

The city is surrounded by mountains to the north, east, and west and fertile farm land to the south

The image above shows a number of homes that were devoured by the relentless wildfires

The City of Redding worked in collaboration with UAV pilots from Menlo Park Fire District, Alameda County Sheriff, Contra Costa Sheriff, and other agencies to capture and assess the damage from recent wildfires

The homes on the bottom left and top left appear to have been spared, but the wooded area nearby on the right was not so lucky

In the summer, Redding is particularly hot and dry with little rain - factors that no doubt played a role in the fires

The estimated population of Redding is more than 91,000 residents

The Carr Fire, near the city of Redding, has proved to be the deadliest of nearly 20 major fires raging across the state

The fires have been so intense that the National Weather Service maps indicate smoke has wafted all the way from California to the East Coast

Officials said Brake's Cal Fire support vehicle veered off the road at a curve, hit a tree and went up in flames

The Carr Fire has burned more than 173,000 acres and is 47 per cent contained

Cal Fire officials said it is not sure when the'll have it fully. The blaze has claimed the lives of eight people, including three firefighters

The International Space Station took this above satellite image showing wildfires in northern California

Firefighters across the state are battling more than a dozen wildfires. The Mendocino Complex Fire is the largest fire in the state's history

A thermal satellite image of the fast-moving Carr Fire, which is 47 per cent contained

Until the wildfires are fully contained, smoke now covers three quarters of California. A passenger aboard an Alaska Airlines flight snapped this photo of smoke above Sacramento

A Sheriff's patrol officer keeps an eye on homes as the Holy Fire approaches the McVicker Canyon neighborhood

A plume of smoke rises from the Mendocino Complex fire covers on August 8, 2018 near Lodoga, California

Smoke from the Mendocino Complex fire hangs over a valley on August 8, 2018 near Lodoga

People watch the Holy Fire as it burns in Cleveland National Forest. The fire was started on Monday allegedly by a 51-year-old resident

A helicopter drops water on a burning hillside during the Mendocino Complex fire near Finley, California

A firefighter battles the Holy Fire burning in the Cleveland National Forest along a hillside at Temescal Valley in Corona

Firefighters fought a desperate battle to stop the Holy Fire from reaching homes as the blaze surged through the Cleveland National Forest above the city of Lake Elsinore and its surrounding communities

A plywood structure burns during the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore. Evacuation orders expanded to more than 20,000 residents, though some homeowners stayed behind to fend off the flames themselves

Firefighters were trying to keep the flames from devouring neighborhoods and taking lives, as gigantic fires still burning in Northern California have done

A firefighting jet drops fire retardant on homes during the Holy Fire in Corona on Thursday

A car drives in a residential neighborhood after fire tore down a hillside during the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore

The fire is named for Holy Jim Canyon, where it erupted Monday and burned a dozen cabins

A man celebrates after hearing that his home was saved during the Holy Fire in Corona

Firefighters near a backyard pool monitor flames threatening homes during the Holy Fire in Corona

Ziggy Torok (left) and Starla Affatati watch with concern as flames close in on Torok's home in the Rice Canyon neighborhood as the Holy Fire burns in Lake Elsinore

A resident of the canyon, 51-year-old Forrest Gordon Clark, was charged Thursday with arson and other crimes that could send him to prison for life