Images from CalFire map of Camp Fire destruction zone

CalFire/KCBS Radio photo montage

Some Homes Survived

New Mapping Project Shows Random Path

KCBS Radio Morning News
November 14, 2018 - 6:13 am

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) -- A newly-deployed approach to mapping the destruction wrought by the Camp Fire in Butte County is allowing evacuated residents to see whether their home survived the flames--and also revealing the capricious nature of the disaster.

CalFire inspectors are using mapping software to create a parcel-by-parcel record of destruction. And for the first time, they are attaching images of each property, allowing residents and the public to go behind the police lines to view the destruction.

The map allows users to enter a street address and search for information.  Results show the inspector's assessment of damage to the property and, in most cases, include a photo.  Most of the images are stark reminders of the ferocity of the flames.

But amid a sea of red icons on the map, each indicating a destroyed property, occasional green icons denote properties that were undamaged or only lightly singed.

Burned home in Paradise from CalFire map

In the Pine Grove Mobile Home Park, of 60 properties, 57 were demolished . But three survived, including the home at 1380 Agate Lane, seen at the top of this story. Its neighbors were reduced to ashes and twisted metal.