California's Carr Fire Jumps Sacramento River, Reaching Outskirts Of Redding

Geneva Stokes
July 28, 2018

A wildfire that roared with little warning into a Northern California city claimed two lives as thousands of people scrambled to escape before the walls of flames descended from forested hills onto their neighbourhoods, officials said Friday.

The blaze crossed the Sacramento River and now threatens hundreds of homes on the western fringes of the city of Redding. The Carr Fire started earlier this week miles out of town, but had rapidly expanded from 8,000 acres on Wednesday night to some 20,000 on Thursday morning.

By midnight Thursday, the Carr Fire had burned almost 30,000 acres in Shasta County and was just 6 percent contained, according to data from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

We send our honest condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of the dozer operator, who has not yet been identified.

Officials say the fire is about 10 percent contained.

A bulldozer operator on the fire lines was killed and three firefighters suffered burns.

The blaze, which has killed a firefighter operating a bulldozer, was just 3 percent contained and threatened nearly 500 homes and businesses, state officials said early Friday.

Belongie said she has prepared for the worst, if flames, edged on by winds pushing flames over parched land, continue moving through Redding.

Authorities urged other residents in nearby areas to evacuate and said more evacuation orders could follow.

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Flames have consumed trees, houses and historic buildings in Shasta County for days and temporarily closed traffic along Highway 299. The staff at KRCR had to evacuate their Redding station while providing live coverage of the flames.

"Really, we're in a life-saving mode right now in Redding", said the Cal Fire battalion chief, Jonathan Cox.

"We're going to leave the station because it's now unsafe to be here".

Some babies are being airlifted to hospitals in Sacramento, while others are being transferred in ambulances. Yesterday, ahead of declaring a disaster emergency for Mariposa County due to the Ferguson Fire, Governor Jerry Brown declared one for Shasta County.

The Carr Fire turned deadly with the announcement by CAL FIRE early Friday that a contract dozer operator was killed while fighting the fire.

An explosive wildfire in Northern California has burned dozens of homes, injured firefighters and civilians, and reached the city of Redding.

Another fire around Yosemite National Park in central California has grown to 44,000 acres.

A massive wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest, known as the Cranston Fire, prompted thousands to flee their homes and led to the arrest of a man.

32-year-old Brandon McGlover was arrested Thursday in connection with the fire and is being held on five-counts of arson.

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