Firefighting pilot, and soon-to-be-groom, loses home battling Ferguson Fire

- Cal Fire posted new video Tuesday taken from the agency's aircraft west of Redding that shows the devastation from the Carr Fire's fiery path that's burned more than 175 square miles of Shasta and Trinity counties.

California officials say the Carr Fire has become the seventh most destructive fire in California history. 

On Tuesday night, Cal Fire reported 112,888 acres had burned and the fire was 30 percent contained. A total of 1,378 structures were destroyed, 965 of those being homes.

The view from above shows entire neighborhoods left in ash. Some of those structures belong to the first responders and crews working to put out the fire. 

"It's hard to believe that it's gone. I'm still kind of in shock," said Rand Sterrett, a pilot who contracts with Cal Fire. 

Sterrett was at the Ferguson Fire when he heard the Carr Fire was raging towards his home. His parents and elderly grandmother got out in time but his house and his parents' house were destroyed.

Sterrett and his fiancee, who are set to be married in four months, lost everything. 

"I have a fiancee who I live with in that house and she's pretty devastated too," he said. 

The devastation is a painful sight for those residents who were allowed back into their neighborhoods.

"It's exhausting to be away from your own home and your own routines and feeling everything is kind of chaos," said Holly Phillips, an evacuee.

Law enforcement officers said Tuesday that 20 people were reported missing, but by evening nearly all had been located. Four people are still missing and Redding police posted the names on social media in the hope someone will locate them.

The fire has taken an emotional toll on the thousands of evacuees who had to flee their homes and wait for word when it is safe to return. 

"We all a close knit community here and just broken hearts you know? " said Gary Nunn, an evacuee.

Cal Fire continues to update the Carr Fire structure map here. 
 

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