Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Tech | By Anita Cain

One Killed In California Wildfire As Residents Flee

One Killed In California Wildfire As Residents Flee

Cal Fire reports the Carr Fire has burned 28,763 acres and is only 6% contained as of Thursday night.

On Thursday morning, the blaze was burning across 20,000 acres, fire officials said.

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

The tragic result of this explosion was the death of a bulldozer operator who was battling the blaze.

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

"This fire is extremely unsafe and is moving with no regard to what's on its path", Cal Fire incident commander Chief Brett Gouvea told reporters (via CNN). "Once that wind hit, man, it was just incredible", said Idyllwild resident Mario Deniz. The California National Guard is helping with the firefight, McLean told CNN.

Cal Fire Shasta County has ordered the entire city to evacuate as well as all of Shasta Dam Boulevard, the Shasta Dam Visitor Center and Summit City.

Flames have consumed trees, houses and historic buildings in Shasta County for days and temporarily closed traffic along Highway 299.

A shockingly fast-spreading fire overtook the Northern California city of Redding - with a population of about 90,000 - and forced its evacuation Thursday night.

"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.

He says the fire is "taking everything down in its path".

The Medical Center has not received evacuation orders but has chosen to evacuate the babies due to the time and resources required to evacuate them.

Medics and hospital staff have been directly impacted by the fire.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Shasta and Riverside Counties on Thursday over the Carr and Cranston fires, which were being supercharged by temperatures above 37 degrees, erratic winds and low humidity.

Many fire crews turned their focus from the flames to getting people out alive.

The blaze, which is raging west of the park, has burned 44,223 acres and is 27% contained, the US Forest Service said.

Highway 74 was closed from Cranston Fire Station to Lake Hemet, and Highway 243 was closed between Pine Cove and Mountain Center, according to fire officials.

A firefighter works to battle the Carr Fire at a home in Redding, Calif., on Thursday.

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

More than 1,700 firefighters have been on hand to try and control the wildfire since it broke. Residents along Whiskey Creek Road to include the boat launch/day use areas are evacuated.

As of 4 p.m. 110 homes had been evacuated, 600 structures were threatened and 3,800 customers in the Idyllwild area were without power, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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