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Online resources show drone imagery of Bear Fire damage

Watch this video to see some of the online resources that have been made available by the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

Posted: Sep 19, 2020 2:15 PM
Updated: Sep 19, 2020 2:33 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The Bear Fire has destroyed many homes and devastated several communities. The view is not any better from above, said Action News Now reporter Esteban Reynoso.

Esteban shared some new online resources to show people the situation in the Bear Fire burn area. People can use the resources to view the damage and to see if their homes are still intact.

Esteban shows in the photo above a portion of the community of Berry Creek. The before picture is on the left, and the after picture is on the right. Esteban said it is likely looking at two completely different worlds.

The Bear Fire, also known as the North Complex West Zone has burned more than 79 thousand acres and destroyed over 12 hundred structures. CLICK HERE to read an article update several times a day concerning the Bear Fire.

CAL FIRE reported that on Friday the Bear Fire had reached 45 percent containment. That is up 25 percent from Monday night.

Action News Now meteorologist Bryan Ramsey spoke with CAL FIRE officials about what makes flames on this terrain so difficult to fight.

CAL FIRE Butte Unit Public Information Officer (PIO) Rick Carhart (serving as a PIO on the North Complex West Zone) said, "These hillsides are incredibly, incredibly steep and they're rocky. So there are spot fires on the hillsides that it is next to impossible to get somebody to -- and its just one of the challenges that we are trying to face."

Three new websites from the Butte County Sheriff's Office were released on Friday in order to show what the burn area from the Bear Fire looks like on the ground.

CLICK HERE to see before and after picture of the same part of the Berry Creek area.

CLICK HERE to see the North Complex 360 panoramas. If you click on any of the black pindrops you will be taken to corresponding 360-degree drone photos. It shows the scope of the destruction in the fire area, including dead trees, scorched earth, and even a heavy layer of smoke.

CLICK HERE to see more drone footage. The example Esteban used was up at OroQuincy Road where decimated trees and piles of ash are seen on the online picture.

All of the photos, drone footage, and videos were all captured over the past three days said Esteban, who reported on these three new online Bear Fire/North Complex West Zone resources Friday night during an Action News Now evening newscast.

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