Aerial Footage Shows Towering Lava Fire Smoke Plumes Near Mount Shasta

The Lava Fire burning in Siskiyou County, California, was 25 percent contained as of morning on Thursday, July 1, after containment lines were established along the fire’s western flank.

All evacuation orders remained in effect as crews continued to battle the blaze that reached 19,680 acres (about 31 square miles) as of Thursday.

This aerial footage filmed by Lindsay DPenha shows a towering plume of smoke below an airplane departing San Jose, California, on Wednesday.

“The pilot told us to look out the right towards Mount Shasta,” DPenha said. “I had my cell ready but didn’t expect to see what I saw!” Credit: Lindsay DPenha via Storyful

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