California wildfire rages on for a sixth day

California wildfire rages on for a sixth day

County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said authorities found a sixth victim of the blaze at a home that was consumed by flames, though he declined to say where.

Crews stretched to their limits across the state are fighting flames that have claimed the lives of two firefighters and six civilians.

Redding fire inspector Jeremy Stoke was killed in the blaze, though no details were offered on what happened to him. 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".

Ed Bledsoe rushed home, but was turned back by police.

"It's a hard fire to deal with", Austin said, noting the weather was hot and the terrain rugged.

On Saturday, Redding police said they were searching for 17 people still unaccounted for two days afterward. The two fires, burning 30 miles apart, started Friday and are threatening more than 350 buildings.

In Canada, Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources said on Sunday that there were 39 active fires in the north east of the province, 12 of them out of control.

Looting became a problem several days ago as evacuations began, leading authorities to beef up patrols in neighborhoods, he said Sunday.

Wildfires around the state have forced roughly 50,000 people from their homes, said Lynne Tolmachoff, a Cal Fire spokeswoman.

Firefighters are battling 17 wildfires across the state, which have consumed a combined 200,000 acres in terrain stretching from Southern California to the OR border, said Jonathan Cox, battalion chief and information officer with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Ed Bledsoe said he wasn't able to use his usual route to get home because of traffic congestion in the fire area, so he left his vehicle and tried to make it home on foot but that, too, was not possible.

Firefighters battling a huge wildfire in Northern California kept it from doing more damage to the city of Redding but three smaller communities were in danger as flames closed in and residents packed up to leave.

A deadly Northern California wildfire that destroyed hundreds of homes in and around the city of Redding expanded into more rural areas Saturday where scorching heat, winds and bone-dry conditions complicated firefighting efforts.

The fire was likely to regain strength later in the day when temperatures were forecast to spike around 110 degrees (43 Celsius) and winds were expected to kick up. It has burned 150 acres (61 hectares). Those fires had burned almost 100 square miles.

As of Saturday night, ground crews backed by a squadron of 17 water-dropping helicopters had managed to carve buffer lines around just 5 percent of the fire's perimeter, leaving the blaze largely unchecked.

They were the latest victims of California's Carr Fire, an 360 square kms blaze that has killed five people and twice doubled in size.

"We have seen really extremely explosive fire behavior on this particular fire, but its not unique any more to what we are seeing on fires in California", Cal Fire's Anthony said.

The weather forecast for the south part of the Carr Fire near Igo for Saturday calls for a high of 110 degrees, 11 percent relative humidity, and variable winds at 5 to 10 miles per hour gusting up to 13.

The conditions the firefighters are facing are unprecedented, a mix of "incredibly hot temperatures, steep terrain and heavy wind".

The flames erupted into a firestorm on Thursday when they jumped across the Sacramento River and swept into the western side of Redding, about 240km north of Sacramento.

Five people, including 70-year-old Melody Bledsoe and her two great-grandchildren, were confirmed dead Saturday after they had been missing since Thursday and three Marin County Fire Department firefighters were injured.

The fire has destroyed 500 structures.