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California Wildfire: Raging blaze spreads, killing six and destroying more homes

California Wildfire: Raging blaze spreads, killing six and destroying more homes

At least six people, including two firefighters and two children and their great-grandmother, have been killed in a wildfire that continues to rage through parts of northern California.

California fire officials say that blaze grew overnight to 153 square miles (395 square kilometers). The individual, who was found in an undisclosed residence, was told to leave because of the fire but declined to do so, he added.

The Ranch and River fires in Mendocino County have collectively scorched more than 24,000 acres, Cal Fire said.

"Grandma did everything she could to save them she hovered over them both with a wet blanket", Woodley said in a Facebook post.

The Carr Fire, the deadliest and most destructive of almost 90 wildfires burning from Texas to OR, has charred 89,194 acres of drought-parched vegetation since erupting last Monday.

A man whose wife and two great-grandchildren were among the six people who perished in the so-called Carr Fire, near Redding, California, said he did not receive any warning to evacuate.

Although he declined to identify the person, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said the latest fire victim had been in a location where residents had been told to clear out for their safety.

"With a heavy heart we are sad to inform you all that Mel and the great grand babies were confirmed to be in the home", the family said on a GoFundMe page.

At least two people died fighting the fire, and several others have been hurt.

Some evacuations orders have been lifted around a Northern California wildfire area near the city of Redding.

The incident commander for the fire around Redding expressed some hope on Sunday that firefighters may be able to bring it under control: "We're feeling a lot more optimistic today, as we're starting to gain some ground rather than being in a defensive mode on this fire all the time", said Bret Gouvea of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Paulich said residents have been heeding evacuation orders because they have seen the destruction caused by past fires.

But experts say this has been one of the worst starts to the fire season in 10 years - partly due to the 2012-2017 drought that killed off large amounts of vegetation.

The Cranston Fire near San Bernardino has burned more than 13,130 acres and is 57% contained.

"Firefighters are working at building containment lines around the Carr Fire and strengthening containment lines that are already in place", Lauderdale said.

When Mr Bledsoe had headed out for supplies Mr Kewley said the family believed the area was not in imminent danger and Melody had no auto.

Keswick, a mountain town of about 450 people, was reduced to an ashy moonscape of blackened trees and smoldering ruins.

In addition to maps of California fires now burning, here are some statistics and information on major current California wildfires.

The fire began Monday when a vehicle suffered mechanical failure, officials said.

"My nephew called, scared, for help, but they said they couldn't make it in time", said Carla Bledsoe, the children's aunt, told the newspaper after speaking with sheriff's officials.

Alyce Macken said she had only minutes to flee her home in the town of Redding with her husband Ted as the flames swept closer.

Duffey said the high surface temperatures force air to rise and get unstable.

Underbrush burns on the south edge of the Carr Fire near Igo, California, U.S. July 29, 2018. The fire has burned 85 square miles and is 30% contained.


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