California wildfires won't stop postman from delivering mail

A mailman delivers mail to remaining mailboxes in devastated Santa Rosa. Oct. 10 2017

A mailman delivers mail to remaining mailboxes in devastated Santa Rosa. Oct. 10 2017

According to The Mercury News, aerial photographer Douglas Thron was shooting video of Coffey Park, a neighborhood devastated by the recent fires, when he noticed the clean, white USPS truck.

A drone captured an otherworldly sight in Santa Rosa, California - a U.S. Postal Services worker dutifully delivering mail to addresses where only charred foundations remain after a fast-moving fire ripped through the neighborhood. The scene is poignant and eerie and instantly brings to mind the postal motto: "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds".

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.

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.

Thron tells the Mercury News, "I've covered wildfires and floods before and I've never seen anything like it".

These aren't the first images from Coffey Park to illustrate the destructive intensity of the wildfires that have now killed at least 23 people and burned some 3,500 homes and other structures.

From information on the FAA's website, it seems the agency issued no-fly restrictions on Santa Rosa's air space on Tues., Oct. 10, "to provide a safe environment for fire fighting".

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