One Killed In California Wildfire As Residents Flee

Isaac Cain
July 27, 2018

The fire has destroyed 15 structures and is threatening at least 500 more as it continues it's rapid rate and erratic behavior. The fire has grown to 4700 acres as of this afternoon and is at 5% containment.

"When it hit, people were really scrambling", he said.

Officials emphasized that Yosemite wasn't in imminent danger from the fire, which grew to more than 67 square miles (173 square kilometres) in the adjacent Sierra National Forest.

At least five babies are being evacuated from the neonatal intensive care unit at Mercy Medical Center due to the fire, hospital spokesman Rick Plummer said.

The blaze has left residents fleeing for their lives as flames burn buildings and knock out power, fire officials said.

A line of cars, pickups and campers - some pulling boats - headed toward Redding in the early hours Thursday, as the Carr Fire inched closer to Old Shasta and Keswick, forcing new evacuations. "There was not much of a warning". "We're not fighting a fire".

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

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"We're just going to chill out and sleep and pray that we've got a place to go home to", area resident Joey Silva told the Sacramento Bee as he waited in the Shasta College parking lot. A Cal Fire spokesman could only confirm portions of west Redding were under evacuation.

Another fire, the Ferguson Fire, has prompted the closure of the most iconic areas of Yosemite National Park until Sunday, killed one person and injured several firefighters. They said the fire behavior has been erratic and unfavorable weather conditions have made progress hard.

A firefighter died and seven others have been hurt combating the blaze, which was 27 percent contained as of Thursday morning. The Redding Record Searchlight reports that Shasta County Sheriff's deputies and firefighters went door to door to tell people to evacuate.

Three other firefighters and an unknown number of civilians had burns, but the extent of their injuries wasn't immediately known, McLean said.

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.

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. In a matter of hours it grew to 7.5 square miles. That fire, which destroyed five homes, is believed to have been sparked by arson.

Residents fled their homes ahead of the flames as officials ordered evacuations for parts of Redding, a city of 92,000, including for Damante and her station colleagues.

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