California is burning. These photos capture the path of destruction


Three fires are burning throughout California, leaving a wake of destruction.

The Woolsey fire in Ventura and Los Angeles counties has left two people dead and destroyed at least 370 structures while threatening 57,000 more. At least 250,000 residents have been evacuated.

The Hill fire has burned more than 4,000 acres, and in Northern California, the Camp fire has killed least 29 people and destroyed more than 6,700 structures. It’s the state’s most destructive fire in history.

We asked readers to share their photos of the fires from throughout California.

(Skyler Limber)

“This photo taken from Firestone Fieldhouse at Pepperdine University shows the smoke creeping into Malibu on Friday morning.”

— Skyler Limber

(Kalee Vidanapathirana)

“This photo was taken moments before Pacific Coast Highway was closed as the Woolsey fire was heading toward Malibu.”

– Kalee Vidanapathirana

(Jacquelyn Dady)

“The view of the Woolsey over Malibu Valley Farm on Friday.”

– Jacquelyn Dady

(Sam Tous)

“What you see here is not the famous fog of San Francisco; it's the thick smoke of the Camp fire in Paradise, Calif. This picture was taken on the Bay Bridge heading into San Francisco. The smoke was so bad that you could barely see the skyline of San Francisco.”

– Sam Tous

(Huafei Xing)

“The picture was taken on Thursday, when the Woolsey fire just started to burn. The view is from Oak Hills Elementary School playground.”

— Huafei Xing

Woolsey Fire burning behind the Hilton Foundation in Agoura Hills, Calif. on Nov. 9, 2018. © Jesse Watrous Photography and Media All Rights Reserved. This photo is a MEDIA COMP. Logo/Watermark to remain on photos unless written permission has been acquired for the logo to be removed. Legal actions will be taken if this is not followed. Photo maybe used for digital and print media with clear credit given to Jesse Watrous or Jesse Watrous Photography and Media. If digital, please tag Jesse Watrous on all social media that it has been used. If used in an article, please email link to and your article will be shared on our website and social media. Thank you!
(Jesse Watrous)

“The view of the Woolsey fire on the hills, behind the Hilton Foundation building in Agoura Hills Friday evening.”

– Jesse Watrous

(Jessica Burns)

“This photo depicts the smoke from the Woolsey and Hill fires looking down from the window of an eastbound plane headed towards Las Vegas Friday morning.”

– Jessica Burns

(Sophie Schildhause)

“This is a view of the smoke from Santa Monica Beach on the first day of the fire.”

–Sophie Schildhause


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