Santa Rosa resident captures aerial view of Pawnee fire
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | June 26, 2018, 3:59PM
When flying back from Seattle yesterday, Santa Rosa resident Paolo Dizon didn't expect to see billowing plumes of smoke shooting into the sky.
But as Dizon's flight took a turn over Lake County, the impact of the barely contained Pawnee fire was easy to see — even from 35,000 feet in the air.
As of Tuesday morning, the Pawnee fire had destroyed 11,500 acres and 22 structures, with Gov. Jerry Brown declaring a state of emergency in Lake County. Currently, the fire's containment remains at 5 percent, according to Cal Fire.
Pulling out his phone, Dizon snapped a few photos to document an aerial view of the disaster, then posted them to the Santa Rosa Firestorm Update Facebook page. The Facebook community of Sonoma County fire survivors was quick to empathize with Lake County residents amid this new firestorm.
The remarkable shots show just how far the Pawnee fire spans and the direction the fire will head if winds keep up.
"I took the photos because it's the first time I've seen a wildfire from above," Dizon said. "At the same, I wish I didn't, because it just brings back horrible memories."
Dizon is no stranger to the sorrow a natural disaster can bring — he and his family lost their Coffey Park home last October to the Tubbs fire.
"It saddens me that we never get a break from these disasters," Dizon said. "I know how the people currently loosing their homes feel."http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/8474952-181/santa-rosa-resident-captures-aerial