California Wildfire Surges Into City of Redding, Population 92000

28 July, 2018, 04:42 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Fueled by high temperatures wind and low humidity the blaze destroyed multiple homes and at least one historic building

Firefighters discuss plans while battling the Carr Fire in Shasta, Calif., on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

Elsewhere in the state, large fires continued to burn outside Yosemite National Park and in the San Jacinto Mountains east of Los Angeles near Palm Springs.

Anchors at a California TV station were forced to evacuate their studio live on air as they reported on an approaching wildfire Thursday night. At least 37,000 people are now under evacuation, including the entire city of Redding as firefighters deal with afternoon winds that could blow the blaze north into the city of Shasta Lake. A man using a bulldozer to stop the fire from spreading has also died.

A fire official says an explosive wildfire in Northern California has killed a bulldozer operator as he fought to contain the blaze and injured three firefighters. "Their efforts have been hampered overnight due to extreme fire behavior and challenging wind conditions".

There have now been three fire-related deaths in the state in recent weeks. As we saw in the aftermath of the Tubbs Fire, donations of food and clothing can provide added logistical challenges since volunteers and relief organizations must find places to store them.

On Thursday night local time (early morning BST), the fire suddenly exploded, growing more and more out of control.

The blaze has crossed the Sacramento River and now threatens hundreds of homes on the western fringes of the city of Redding (Picture: AP) 'There have been some injuries to civilians and firefighters.' (Picture: AP) Roads out of the city, which is home to 90,000 people, have been left jammed with motorists trying to escape the flames. "We ask everyone to heed evacuation orders and leave promptly".

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for large parts of Redding.

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Firefighters face a hard task in the days ahead, with dry conditions and temperatures expected to reach 110 F on Friday.

The blaze that broke out Monday exploded late Thursday and raced into small communities west of Redding before entering the city limits.

An update at 8:10 a.m Friday from CAL FIRE included the information that the Carr Fire has destroyed 65 structures, but did not indicate whether any of them were residences.

California Gov. Jerry Brown had declared a state of emergency for Riverside and Shasta counties on Thursday in response to the fire.

A firefighter from the city of Redding was killed as a result of the Carr Fire, California officials said in a statement Friday.

Authorities said they believe McGlover started not only the Cranston Fire but other fires in the region as well.

More than 1,000 firefighters are battling that blaze, which has scorched 7,500 acres and is only 5% contained.

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