- 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 live on Facebook to an audience hoping to see if their homes are still standing.
His footage is often the first glimpse people have into their neighborhood after a fire.
“Good morning, everybody. I’m broadcasting again from Berry Creek, California,” one recent livestream began, before turning to some bad news.
“Back behind where these cars are here, it looks like another structure — I don’t know if it’s all part of the same property or not — but that structure is also gone,” he said in the broadcast. “Sorry for your loss. I really wish I could have delivered better news to you.”
This year’s North Complex Fire in Butte County is the fifth California wildfire Ryant has documented since