California wildfires won't stop postman from delivering mail

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2017

Captured on video by a drone piloted by freelancer Douglas Thron, the mail truck's trip through the Coffey Park neighborhood is by turns eerie and touching.

USPS San Francisco District Manager Noemi Luna told the newspaper that customers being let back into the fire zone to retrieve personal items requested the carrier place the mail in their mailboxes if they were still standing, since they could not get to an annex to retrieve it.

"I've covered wildfires and floods before and I've never seen anything like it", Thron, the aerial photographer, told the paper.

"This is an example of the long standing relationship that has been established between our carriers and their customers based on trust".

The mail carrier can be seen stopping in front of lots where houses have burned down to cinders and placing packages in the mailboxes still left standing. State officials have noted that when a drone is "detected flying over or near a wildfire, air operations must be suspended until all drones flying in a fire area are removed".

A postman delivers mail in fire-devastated Santa Rosa, California. The wildfire has ripped across Northern California, killing 23, destroying homes, business, and local vineyards.

Thron, a real estate cinematographer, said he wasn't sure exactly what street it was on, but when he "witnessed the devastation I was blown away as it looked more like a warplane had flown over and blown up the area then a fire since the houses were completely burned to the ground as well as the cars".

Firefighters are facing renewed winds as they battle to contain 22 large blazes in California.

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