Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

California firefighter lost home in Carr blaze while battling another

California firefighter lost home in Carr blaze while battling another

The blaze, the seventh most destructive in California history, roared suddenly into Redding and adjacent communities after being whipped by gale-force winds into a fire storm that jumped the Sacramento River.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said another 440 buildings, including barns and warehouses, have also been destroyed by the fire, which is now the sixth most destructive in California history.

Elsewhere, the Carr Fire had burned 965 homes and killed six people in and around Redding.

More than 10,000 people are under mandatory evacuation orders as two blazes rage 30 miles (50 kilometers) apart in Northern California.

To the east in Sutter County, a fire that erupted today had torched about four square kilometres of grassland but no homes were evacuated, state fire spokesman Scott McLean said.

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"I told them to throw everything they care about in the back of the auto", said Lew, 45.

Bailey and others at the shelter said the fire's towering inferno bewildered them.

In Lake County, evacuation orders were in effect for the 4,700-resident town of Lakeport along with some smaller communities and a section of Mendocino National Forest.

About 4,500 structures are now being threatened by the fire, which has already destroyed four homes, according to Cal Fire Mendocino.

"When the fires start, guys are pretty much ready to rock and roll".

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He said the state really never left its drought status and several years of significant rainfall are needed to bring the state back. "These evacuations also include all driveways and homes located between the North South points".

Jason's wife of six years, 32-year-old Shyla Campbell, said it was almost 2am on Thursday when the inferno closed in on their hamlet near Redding and she got an official alert to evacuate. Hundreds were evacuated from the Cranston Fire in Riverside County east of Los Angeles last week.

'It's huge flames, it's coming up the hill, and everyone's out and we're watching it, then it goes down, and everyone's like, "Oh it's going out,"' she said.

Firefighters continue to make progress on the Carr fire, which has grown to 110,154 acres but is now 27 percent contained. "I'm very upset about it".

It was the longest closure at Yosemite since 1997 when floods closed the park for more than two months.

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National Park Service officials said Tuesday that the scenic Yosemite Valley and other areas will be closed at least through Sunday due to heavy smoke from the so-called Ferguson Fire. The Ferguson Fire, which has claimed the lives of two firefighters, had burned nearly 100 square miles and was 39 percent contained after burning for nearly three weeks.

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