A pair of wildfire cameras captured the moment a fast-moving blaze destroyed a camera as fires raged across much of California on August 19.
Nevada Fire Cams posted to Twitter that one camera was destroyed while the other remained intact. Footage from the cameras showed one being battered by flames and smoke before becoming non-operational, while the other is able to observe the wall of fire pushing towards the camera’s tower.
Several large wildfires were burning in the state at the time, the largest of which was the SCU Lightning Complex which was estimated to have spread to 85,000 acres on August 19.
CAL FIRE reported almost 11,000 lightning strikes had occurred across the state the few days before August 19 leading to 370 new fires. Around 7,000 firefighters – from national and interstate agencies – were battling blazes across the state, according to CAL FIRE.
Smoke can be seen covering most of the state, moving into the Pacific Ocean and as far away as the state of Montana in satellite images from the National Ocean and Atmosphere Administration. Credit: AlertWildfire via Storyful