Drone video shows wildfire-scorched Oregon neighborhood

Talent, Oregon, was nearly destroyed by fast-moving flames in the Almeda Fire, which is now fully contained after having burned areas near Medford.
By Tim Fitzsimons

When wildfires swept alongside Interstate 5 near Medford, Oregon, last week, the towns of Talent and Phoenix were nearly totally destroyed.

They're eerily still in drone video shot on Sept. 14, a week after the flames swept through.

The video shows flattened, charred homes, splinters of blackened trees and red fire retardant splashed over the wreckage.

Across the span of several parking spaces, some homes stand spared of the wildfire's flames, while other lots are flattened.

As of Tuesday morning, the Almeda Fire, which caused the destruction visible in the drone video, was 100 percent contained, according to a Jackson County Emergency Management information page. Three people were killed, over 42,000 civilians were affected, and two firefighters were injured.

Incident control was turned over to local fire authorities Tuesday morning.

The wildfire burned 3,200 acres and damaged or destroyed about 600 homes and 100 commercial structures, according to the emergency agency. The cause is still under investigation.