SANTA ROSA — An aerial cinematographer captured an eerie scene Tuesday, flying a drone above a postal employee delivering mail in a Santa Rosa neighborhood devastated by hearth.
“It was a trippy factor — he was truly delivering the mail,” Douglas Thron advised the San Jose Mercury Information.
Thron has completed drone images for the Discovery Channel, TIME Journal and main actual property companies, amongst others,
“I’ve coated wildfires and floods earlier than and I’ve by no means seen something prefer it. I’d see areas that have been completely high quality, however then get to Fountaingrove Inn and The Hilton and see them wiped-out,” he informed the newspaper. “It was unbelievable.”
The picture is unimaginable. The immediately recognizable, white USPS truck driving by means of a neighborhood coated in ash — delivering mail to burnt husks that have been as soon as houses.
As for why the postal employee stored to his route, the USPS San Francisco District Supervisor Noemi Luna gave this assertion to the Mercury Information:
“That is an instance of the lengthy standing relationship that has been established between our carriers and their clients based mostly on belief. The service in query was honoring a request by a number of clients who have been being let again within the hearth zone to retrieve private gadgets. A number of clients requested the service to go away their mail if the mailbox was nonetheless standing as a result of they might not get to the annex to retrieve it.”
Because the Tubbs Hearth started Sunday, it has develop into one of many deadliest and most damaging fires in California historical past.
No less than 23 individuals have died and three,500 houses and companies have been destroyed since Sunday, as wind-whipped wildfires proceed to ravage Northern California.