Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Carr Fire in California continues to grow

Carr Fire in California continues to grow

On Saturday, Redding police said they were searching for 17 people still unaccounted for two days afterward.

Two firefighters have also been killed in the blaze.

The wildfire was among more than a dozen in California requiring more than 10,000 firefighters and chasing 50,000 people from their homes.

Matt Smith talks about how he fought an advancing wildfire and saved his home, while his neighbour's home, in the background, burned down on Saturday in Redding.

About 12,000 firefighters were battling 17 significant fires Sunday in California, she said. She said she nearly grabbed a box of mementos - trinkets, diaries, ticket stubs from her favorite movies - but then thought it would take up too much room in the vehicle.

She said the state had experienced considerably more fire activity this year than it did over the same period of time last year, with the worst part of the fire season still to come.

The family spent the night at a hotel.

Bledsoe rushed home, but was turned back by police because the fire was raging.

Sixty-five structures had been destroyed, and 500 other buildings were threatened, fire officials said. "I just keep seeing all of their attractive faces". "It just continues to be really hot, really dry and we continue to get those winds".

Decker said 5-year-old James idolized his great-grandfather and wanted to wear suspenders just like him. The flames were just 5 percent contained.

The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco is also checking the situation of Filipinos in Redding and surrounding areas to determine whether any of them has been affected by the so-called Carr Fire.

By late Saturday, 38,000 people had been evacuated in Shasta County. Residents in neighboring Benmore Valley were also told to leave Saturday.

"However, the possibility does exist that there may be far more grave situations for some of them", Cogle said.

Nationally, 89 active large fires have consumed almost 930,000 acres (376,000 hectares) in 14 states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

After days of fortifying the areas around Redding, fire crews were increasingly confident that the city would escape further damage. The blaze began as a small wildfire and erupted into a living hellscape. As the fire advanced, a high school that was used to shelter evacuees was suddenly in danger of being in the path of the flames, and evacuees had to move again to Shasta College, according to NBC News.

"It's like a war zone", one woman said. "It's just like a bomb just hit each house and just exploded".

Located on the western side of Redding, KRCR-TV was forced to go off the air and evacuate their studio in the middle of a Thursday night broadcast.

The remains were smoldering so hot, they couldn't get too close to see if anything had survived.

"It's pretty emotional", Terri Hill said. "My heart is crushed i can't believe this is real i just keep seeing all of their lovely faces". A lot of memories.

On Saturday, US authorities called the family into the sheriff's office with news of the search's grim conclusion - and details of a matriarch's final, futile act. On Sunday, their plea to the thousands who fled was markedly different: "Be patient about going home".

Liz Williams loaded up two kids in her auto and then found herself locked in bumper-to-bumper traffic with neighbors trying to flee from Lake Redding Estates.

She eventually jumped the curb onto a sidewalk and "booked it". "All she lived for were them kids and me".

"I don't know why it's doing what it's doing, " Cal Fire Chief Steve Crawford said. For the Fire Chief, conditions are risky: "Extreme is not even the right adjective to use any more it is just an understatement because fire is so explosive now in California".

"Lost our house like so many others", Ridenour wrote on Facebook.

On Friday, he returned to sift through what was left.

"I think I'm still in shock", Noland said.

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