1 killed in raging California wildfire as residents race to flee

1 killed in raging California wildfire as residents race to flee

1 killed in raging California wildfire as residents race to flee

CAL FIRE reported Thursday night that 15 structures have been destroyed. Fire officials said the mechanical failure of a vehicle sparked the blaze on Monday.

He says an unknown number of firefighters and civilians have burns but couldn't elaborate.

McTigue said their injuries were burns to face, ears, and hands.

More than 20,000 residents have been ordered to evacuate as the Carr Fire continues to descend on Redding, destroying everything in its path, and as with last year's devastating Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County, locals are wondering what they can do to help.

All three men are now out of the hospital and are expected to make a full recovery.

Redding hospital has been evacuated - with at least five infants being rushed out and some babies being airlifted to hospitals in Sacramento. Two people so far - a Redding firefighter and a private bulldozer operator - have died.

The Carr Fire burned across a stretch of California about two hours south of the OR border.

The blaze levelled at least 125 homes, leaving neighbourhoodssmouldering and 37,000 people under evacuation orders.

Late Thursday, the city said its electric utility would be shutting down power to most of north Redding at the request of fire authorities "and to maintain system stability due to multiple line outages".

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

"There was no thinking about it", she told the Redding Record Searchlight newspaper, adding that she would spend most of her 71st birthday outside a shopping center awaiting word on their home.

"When I saw my rear-view mirror when we were driving away tonight", Damante said, "I don't know what the future holds for tomorrow morning in just a few hours". "We are going to leave the station because it is now unsafe to be here", Woods announced. "It doesn't sound good".

Journalists covering the fire also had to respond to the blaze.

The fire erupted Wednesday and rapidly spread over 7½ square miles (19 square kilometers), forcing the evacuation of the entire town of Idyllwild, other communities and youth summer camps.

A Red Cross employee told local ABC affiliate KRCR-TV some 500 people took shelter in an evacuation center at Shasta College.

The Carr Fire in Shasta County has ravaged several small communities near Redding.

This year so far, nearly 4 million acres (1.6 million hectares) have been blackened by wildfires, above a 10-year average of 3.6 million acres (1.5 million hectares) over the same period, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. It's now reached 44,450 acres and is only three percent contained.

Smoke from the Cranston Fire is shown from east of Lake Hemet in Riverside County, California, U.S., July 26, 2018.

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