Meet the man who tells Californians their homes have burned down

  • Wildfires have burned more than 3 million acres of land in Northern California since the start of the year.
  • One volunteer, Dan Ryant, has been driving from neighborhood to neighborhood and livestreaming footage of burnt houses so evacuated residents can see if their houses survived the blazes.
  • His footage is sometimes heartbreaking for survivors to see, but gives them “a jump-start on rebuilding and facing their future.”
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Since January, California wildfires have already burned more than 3 million acres, an area about half the size of Hawaii.

Thousands of properties are in the paths of the fires, and with many residents having evacuated, they often must wait days or weeks to find out if their homes survived.

Enter Dan Ryant. For three years, the Northern California man has trekked through neighborhoods devastated by fires with camera in hand, streaming the wreckage

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Oregon wildfires burned $1 billion in homes and belongings last month, new tally finds

Oregonians lost nearly $1 billion in homes and belongings during last month’s wildfires, which torched more than 4,000 residences and burned more than 1 million acres across the state, according to a new report.

a bench in front of a fence: Wildfire damage in Gates, Oregon off Highway 22 in Marion County on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Wildfires ripped through the small town of less than 500 people a little over a week ago, destroying many homes and businesses. Sean Meagher/Staff

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Wildfire damage in Gates, Oregon off Highway 22 in Marion County on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Wildfires ripped through the small town of less than 500 people a little over a week ago, destroying many homes and businesses. Sean Meagher/Staff

It’s among the first efforts to calculate the economic toll of the fires, which also killed at least nine people last month.

Josh Lehner of the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis said the homes and personal property destroyed are only the initial calculation of what the state lost. The wildfires damaged the state’s outdoor recreation industry, its timber sector and the state’s image as a healthy, active place to live – and

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Sonoma County Glass Fire Latest: 46K Acres Burned, 2% Contained

SONOMA COUNTY, CA — The Glass Fire continued to grow Tuesday in Napa and Sonoma counties, engulfing 46,600 acres by 7 p.m. with 2 percent containment.

“Firefighters continue to focus on structure defense in both Sonoma and Napa Countiestoday while also building and reinforcing containment lines,” Cal Fire’s Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit said in an evening update. “Changing winds led to some areas of increased fire activity. Some evacuations in the City of Santa Rosa were downgraded. Firefighters will continue to aggressively fight the fire overnight. Aircraft operations were inhibited by smoky conditions and poor visibility. Hot dry weather is anticipated over the next several days.”

Some 22,310 structures remain threatened by the Glass, Shady and Boysen fires burning in the two North San Francisco Bay Area counties. Cal Fire confirmed at least 52 residences have been destroyed by the blaze in Napa County, while 28 homes have been lost in Sonoma

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More Than 36,000 Acres Burned; Flames Destroy Homes, Rip Through Vineyards; Thousands Evacuated

ST. HELENA (CBS SF) — The raging Glass Incident wildfire, comprised of the Glass, Shady and Boysen Fire, has destroyed a number of homes along the eastern edge of Santa Rosa, and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people in Napa and Sonoma Counties. The fire has also consumed at least one winery, and threatened at least a dozen other well-known vintners.

The Glass Incident has tripled in size from overnight Monday to Monday afternoon, exploding to 36,236 acres with zero percent containment, Cal Fire Division Chief Ben Nicholls said at a 5 p.m press conference Monday.

The fire burned homes in Deer Park, jumping over Silverado Trail, and forcing thousands from their wine country homes including neighborhoods in St. Helena and Calistoga. Burning homes were also reported in Oakmont, a retirement community with 5,000 residents along state Highway 12, and in the Skyhawk and Mountain Hawk

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Arizona fire grows to more than 12,400 acres, 3 homes burned

PHOENIX (AP) — Firefighters were working Monday to get a grip on a wildfire north of Phoenix that has destroyed several structures, including four homes.


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The blaze, which was first reported Friday afternoon in the Tonto National Forest, has grown to more than 19 square miles (49 square kilometers) with zero containment.

Forest officials said the wildfire is burning in grass and brush. But four homes, 10 outbuildings and several cars have been destroyed, according to fire spokeswoman Susan Blake. One of the homes that burned down was near a spring called Honeymoon Seep.

Some residents who evacuated were leaving summer homes. Crews continue to set backfires to help protect structures and other assets near Cave Creek. Firefighters are focused on suppressing flames on the fire’s northern side. They have already done some burn-out operations on the south side.

Those in the area can expect to see more

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3 homes, 5 outbuildings, several vehicles burned down in 9,200-acre Sears Fire

Three homes, five outbuildings and several vehicles have been destroyed by the Sears Fire, which has grown to 9,200 acres northeast of Phoenix near Bartlett Lake and remains at 0% containment as of Sunday morning, according to officials. 

After fire officials completed a damage assessment in the area around Sears Kay Ranch, preliminary

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Children whose homes burned down in wildfires struggle to return to online schooling

The Pearl Hill fires burned down several homes in Bridgeport, seen Sept. 10. (Amanda Snyder / The Seattle Times)
The Pearl Hill fires burned down several homes in Bridgeport, seen Sept. 10. (Amanda Snyder / The Seattle Times)

Monserrat Gildo and her 11-year-old sister Citally were already grappling with a rocky start to the school year: Bridgeport, like most other districts in Washington, began the school year online.

Then came the Pearl Hill wildfire.

Police slipped warning letters under doors and told people to leave. On Labor Day, 15-year-old Monserrat and her family evacuated as fire tore through the Douglas County town, turning homes, barns and cars to ash. But for a few items, “everything my parents worked for was lost,” said Monserrat, who goes by Monse. “Everything just got burned down.”

Suddenly children here are reeling from two crises: a world upended by a global pandemic and housing insecurity in the wake of environmental disaster. After the fire cleared, most Bridgeport residents were without water, electricity or internet

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