The Carr fire started on July 23 after a vehicle malfunctioned on California Highway 299.
The fire quickly exploded in size, destroying 1,564 buildings, scorching more than 121,000 acres and killing six.
By late Wednesday it was 35% contained.
Damage from the Carr fire
The fire penetrated the city of Redding, which has about 91,000 residents. More than 280 buildings were destroyed, many of them homes in the Land Park and Stanford Hills neighborhoods. The Lake Redding and Mora Court subdivisions lost at least 68 buildings.
The fire was particularly destructive in Shasta, a community located between Whiskeytown Lake and Redding. The fire claimed more than 370 homes, according to preliminary data from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The large burn area can be seen in infrared imagery captured on July 29. The destruction blankets an area 15 miles wide and 20 miles long.
The Carr fire quickly became one of California’s most destructive wildfires. Last year’s Tubbs fire holds the record. It destroyed 5,636 buildings as it infiltrated Santa Rosa, sending residents fleeing in the middle of the night.
- Shasta College 11555 Old Oregon Trail in Redding
- Simpson University 2211 College View Drive in Redding
- Cross Point Community Church 2960 Hartnell Ave in Redding
- Trinity High School 321 Victory Lane Weaverville, CA 96093
- Foothill High School 9773 Deschutes Road Palo Cedro, CA 96003
This story will be updated.
5:53 p.m. July 31:The story and maps were updated with damaged and destroyed building totals from Cal Fire.
8:30 p.m. August 1: The story and maps were updated with latest totals from Cal Fire.
For the record: A previous version of this story said the Carr fire started after a vehicle burst into flames. The fire started after a vehicle malfunctioned.
Sources: Cal Fire, DigitalGlobe, Nextzen, Openstreetmap, Microsoft