West Redding Evacuee Describes The 'Terrifying' Carr Fire After Fleeing Her Home

West Redding Evacuee Describes The 'Terrifying' Carr Fire After Fleeing Her Home

A firefighter watches flames advance up a hill towards homes as crews battle the Carr Fire, west of Redding, California, U.S. July 27, 2018.

The Carr Fire is one of 88 burning nationally, mostly across the American west.

Wildfires throughout the state have burned through tinder-dry brush and forest, forced thousands to evacuate homes and caused campers to pack up their tents at the height of summer. Gov.

Emergency personnel said they would stop fire containment to concentrate on evacuations in Redding.

In the Sierra Nevada, the Ferguson Fire continues to grow just outside Yosemite National Park.

Cal Fire announced the death early Friday of a private bulldozer operator, who was working on an active section of the fire.

An out-of-control wildfire in Northern California exploded Friday, sweeping into the city of Redding and forcing thousands of residents to flee, including the hosts of a local TV news program who were evacuated as they were live on-air.

"And I thought 'If it marched that far the night before, and has grown that much overnight - if it did the same thing as yesterday, then my house, and everybody else's house that I know, would be right in line with the fire'".

Smoke from the Cranston Fire is shown on July 26 from east of Lake Hemet in Riverside County California
Handout. Reuters Smoke from the Cranston Fire is shown on July 26 from east of Lake Hemet in Riverside County California

Authorities believe McGlover started not only the Cranston Fire but other fires in the region as well. What was described as a wall of flames tore through two towns before it jumped the Sacramento River and reached the city of Redding.

CAL FIRE reported Thursday night that the fire has burned about 28,000 acres.

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.

A Red Cross employee told local ABC affiliate KRCR there were some 500 people in the evacuation center at Shasta College. Similar conditions are expected through Monday.

He says that winds were so extreme Thursday that embers traveled up to a mile ahead of the flames. Another 496 structures remain threatened, officials said.

The Carr Fire in Shasta County has since claimed the lives of a bulldozer operator and a city of Redding firefighter, according to officials from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the U.S. National Park Service and the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.

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

The season has followed a particularly destructive and deadly fire year in the state -in 2017 almost 9,000 wildfires tore through 1.2m acres, taking down close to 11,000 structures.




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