California Wildfire Tears Through 500 Structures And Keeps Going

California Wildfire Tears Through 500 Structures And Keeps Going

California Wildfire Tears Through 500 Structures And Keeps Going

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said 14 people had been reported missing after the furious wind-driven blaze took residents by surprise and leveled several neighborhoods, though he added that the homes of most of those unaccounted for were still standing. New evacuation orders went out on Saturday, including to Happy Valley, southwest of town.

At least six people have died and seven were still missing in Shasta County, California, as the monstrous Carr Fire continued to grow Sunday, authorities said.

Residents in the western part of Redding who had not been under evacuation orders were caught off guard and had to flee with little notice.

Redding Police Sergeant Todd Cogle confirmed that three bodies discovered at a fire-ravaged home on the outskirts of Redding were two children and their great-grandmother.

According to the AFP, "Two young children and their 70-year-old great-grandmother Melody Bledsoe died in the Carr Fire, their family confirmed to USA media".

Bledsoe's grandaughter, Amanda Woodley, said on Facebook the elderly woman desperately put a wet blanket over the children as their home burned.

"I've never experienced something so terrifying in my life", said Liz Williams, who loaded up two kids in her vehicle and then found herself locked in bumper-to-bumper traffic with neighbors trying to retreat from Lake Redding Estates.

The children's mother, Sherry Bledsoe, was quoted by the Sacramento Bee as saying: "My kids are deceased".

"Emily says, 'I love you, Grandpa.' Grandma said 'I love you, Grandpa.' Junior said, 'I love you. come and get us. come and get us.' I said 'I'm on my way".

The Carr Fire has killed six people and charred almost 84,000 acres since erupting near Redding as some 3,500 firefighters struggled through a seventh day to corral the flames.

A firefighter died when he was struck by a tree as he worked on the front line of a huge fire near California's Yosemite National Park on Sunday. Firefighters had been making progress containing it until Thursday night, when it doubled in size.

"The boat docks down there - all the way out in the water - 30 to 40 boats caught fire when the fire laid down on top of them last night and burned those up", said fire Chief Mike Hebrard of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. "We are simply not getting a break".

"Jeremy died while battling the Carr Fire". They pledged to return people to their homes as soon as possible.

The fire around Redding was among 17 significant blazes in the state on Sunday that had forced roughly 50,000 people from their homes, said Lynne Tolmachoff, a Cal Fire spokeswoman.

An inmate firefighter pauses during a firing operation as the Carr fire continues to burn in Redding, California on July 27, 2018.

Today, President Donald Trump "ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from a wildfire beginning on July 23".

Two firefighters were killed in the fire.

One town, Keswick, has been reduced to smouldering ashes by the inferno, which whipped into a fire "tornado" on Thursday, leaping on gale force winds across the Sacramento river.

Bledsoe's husband wept as he recalled trying to get back to the family's house after he had left to run an errand on Thursday, only to learn that the fire was closing in on them. I got him and helped him out of there and when I got back down there the fire was" - Bledsoe paused, seeming to search for a word to accurately convey the chaos - "the fire was. just intense.

Wildfires have blackened an estimated 4.15 million acres (1.68 million hectares) in the United States this year. Jerry Brown said drought and climate change mean California faces a "new reality" where lives and property are continually threatened by fire.

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