Carr Fire Burning Near Redding Destroys Structures, One Dead

Carr Fire Burning Near Redding Destroys Structures, One Dead

"There have been numerous homes destroyed in the Carr fire just last night and two deaths that we have confirmed already", Tolmachoff said. But more current satellite data early Friday morning shows it has expanded to at least 45,000 acres.

Smoke and flames are seen as a wildfire spreads through Redding, California, the US, July 26, 2018, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media.

Cal Fire said the Cranston Fire, about 110 miles (177 km) east of Los Angeles had blackened 11,500 acres (4,650 hectares) and was just 3 percent contained.

Firefighters have been working to reinforce containment lines, but estimated containment actually dipped own from 10% to 6% between Thursday morning and evening.

The California National Guard has stepped in to help to contain the blaze.

The Redding Fire Department says Fire Inspector Jeremy Stoke died battling the Carr Fire.

The closure through at least Sunday led to at least 1,000 campground and hotel bookings being canceled, park spokesman Scott Gediman said.

A shockingly fast-spreading fire overtook the Northern California city of Redding - with a population of about 90,000 - and forced its evacuation Thursday night. The firefighter would not be identified until the next of kin was notified, and authorities did not release further details.

Late Thursday, crews found the body of the bulldozer operator who had been hired privately to clear vegetation in the blaze's path, McLean said.

Gov. Jerry Brown urges residents to follow all evacuations concerning the Carr Fire. "The fire community is extremely heartbroken for this loss".

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'There have been some injuries to civilians and firefighters.

All three men are now out of the hospital and are expected to make a full recovery.

The Carr Fire is among 88 active large fires scorching the country and one of six large wildfires in California, the National Interagency Fire Center said. Over the past two decades the fire seasons has become longer, stretching from May to November or December. In Redding, which is home to about 91,000 people, officials ordered some residents to evacuate and warned others to remain vigilant, saying, "The situation may change rapidly and unexpectedly".

Multiple power outages were reported, the city said on its website.

The area around the bridge was one of the locations evacuated due to the fire.

"Right now we are being evacuated, that's why we are kind of closing out right now", said news anchor Allison Woods during a live broadcast.

"The fire is definitely creating its own weather", she said, adding that she saw burnt leaves and embers flying throughout the city. "It doesn't sound good".

The massive blaze was sparked by a malfunctioning vehicle, according to CAL FIRE.

The fire also has disrupted rail travel. Power went out at the Record Searchlight newspaper, while the news station KRCR had to evacuate its offices for a period of time.

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