U.S. battles to contain deadly California wildfires

U.S. battles to contain deadly California wildfires

Thousands of people scrambled to escape before the walls of flames descended from forested hills onto their neighborhoods Thursday.

"My sympathy goes out to the family", Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said.

He said the victim, who was not identified, didn't evacuate despite receiving an evacuation warning.

The sheriff's department is also investigating seven missing-persons reports, Bosenko said.

Crews stretched to their limits across the state are fighting flames that have claimed the lives of two firefighters and six civilians. Redding Fire Department Inspector Jeremy Stoke was also killed battling the blaze, officials said. When Jason Campbell returned on Friday, he found their home of five years was gone, along with an RV and a boat. The weather service notes that "spreading is not driven by the wind, but rather the fire itself", meaning the rising of hot air and gases inside the fire creates a wind that feeds it.

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Redding Searchlight is reporting that two firefighters died and three have been injured from the Carr Fire. Triple-digit temperatures and dry vegetation are making it hard for crews to corral the blaze. By Saturday morning, the fire grew to 80,906 acres and is only around 5% contained, according to officials. Unfortunately the fire spread and we no longer have a home but I'm just glad i still have my family safe. would really appreciate some prayers.

Authorities on Sunday had not reopened neighborhoods in Redding that were devastated by the flames.

He took hundreds of photos, recorded video and texted his wife. Here's how you can help those impacted by the Carr Fire: GoFundMe has published a running list of verified campaigns supporting individual families whose homes were destroyed in the fire. Lakeport, home to about 5,000 people, is around 190 kilometres north of San Francisco. The blazes have killed four firefighters in California in a little more than two weeks. It has burned 150 acres (61 hectares).

More than 3,410 fire personnel are battling the blaze with more than 300 engines and 17 helicopters, Cal Fire reported, as tall smoke plumes turn the sky an eerie orange-brown hue.

The Carr Fire, the deadliest and most destructive of nearly 90 wildfires burning from Texas to OR, has charred almost 34,000 hectares of drought-parched vegetation since erupting last Monday.

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California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials said the fire started in the Whiskeytown community, a once a vibrant and bustling mining town. Another almost 5,000 structures remain threatened, officials said.

The conditions the firefighters are facing are unprecedented, a mix of "incredibly hot temperatures, steep terrain and heavy wind". It then jumped the Sacramento River and took out subdivisions on the western edge of Redding.

A great-grandmother and her two beloved great-grandchildren are the latest to be named among victims of the wildfire ripping through a vast expanse of Northern California.

More than 38,000 residents in Redding and elsewhere in Shasta County fled their homes as the fire began to gain speed and intensity on Thursday, destroying 500 structures and leaving Keswick, a town of 450, in smoldering ruins.

A woman and her two great-grandchildren who had been missing since Thursday died in Northern California's deadly Carr Fire, according to their relatives.

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"We have experienced a lot of looting in these evacuation zones", Redding Police Chief Roger Moore said, adding that police had made at least one arrest and were searching for several other suspects. "Within 15 minutes, it burned my house down", he recalled. She said she nearly grabbed a box of mementos - trinkets, diaries, ticket stubs from her favorite movies - but then thought it would take up too much room in the vehicle.

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