The recent wildfires in California have destroyed homes and fundamentally altered the lives of many people. Nonetheless, the United States Postal Service continued to deliver the mail even as smoke still hung over a neighborhood, and an aerial cinematographer captured the surreal scene.
Note: Thron is a certified drone pilot and captured this footage before a TFR was issued for the area. Otherwise, it is generally illegal to fly in wildfire areas, as doing so can interfere with firefighting operations. A TFR is now in effect for the area; please do not attempt to replicate such footage.
Douglas Thron is a freelance cinematographer in California. After the recent wildfires, he headed to the Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa to get drone footage of the aftermath for "The Today Show," when he noticed that despite many of the homes being wiped from the landscape, a mail carrier was still delivering. While the scene seems bizarre and illogical, the post office did respond, saying that several customers were being allowed back into the area to retrieve their belongings and had requested that any mail be left in their boxes so they could retrieve it, as they were not able to come to the post office annex, a request that the carrier for that route agreed to honor. It's a bizarre example of reality being stranger than fiction. If you'd like to help those who have been affected by the wildfires, this article has a guide to all the ways you can assist.