Dead, Including City Firefighter, as Carr Fire Explodes Overnight in Redding Area

California Governor Declares State Of Emergency Over Wide-Ranging Fires

In Southern California, thousands remained evacuated as a suspected arson wildfire burned in the San Jacinto Mountains east of Los Angeles.

One person has been killed as a raging, rapidly moving wildfire threatens to consume a northern California city with a population of 90,000 people.

The mechanical failure of a vehicle is believed to have ignited the blaze on Monday, fire officials said. No other details were provided. The fire burned over the operator and his equipment, making him the second bulldozer operator killed in a California blaze in less than two weeks.

A raging wildfire has killed two people in Northern California near its border with OR, destroyed buildings and forced evacuations after it jumped the Sacramento River. A member of the Redding Fire Department was also reported killed on Friday.

The fire has destroyed 15 structures and is threatening at least 500 more as it continues it's rapid rate and erratic behavior.

Authorities say it is now almost 72 square miles (186 square kilometers), but containment has increased to 29 percent.

Video footage and images posted on social media showed flames engulfing structures as an orange glow lit up the night sky.

Huston says officials are moving emergency supplies including cots and food to four shelters set up in Shasta County. Residents located west of Trinity Mountain Road use evacuation center located at Weaverville Elementary School 31020 HWY 3 in Weaverville.




Mandatory evacuations were ordered overnight for the city of Shasta Lake, which has about 10,000 residents. In a matter of hours, the so-called Cranston Fire grew to 7.5 square miles (19 square kilometers).

"The men were fighting the deadly Carr fire last night, trying to save a house, when all three were injured by a sudden blast of heat", said Jason Weber, the Marin County Fire Department Chief.

The Ferguson fire, which has burned close to 46,000 acres near Yosemite national park and caused the death of a firefighter, prompted national parks officials to close the most popular areas, including evacuating the famous Yosemite valley at the peak of tourist season.

More than 3,000 firefighters have been deployed to contain the flames, and the destruction is expected to worsen throughout the weekend as high temperatures and dry conditions inhibit efforts.

Residents had little warning as the fire roared through neighborhoods overnight.

What's more, many Turtle Bay employees live in areas mandated to evacuate and wouldn't have been able to make it to work, Warren said.

Flames swept through the communities of Shasta and Keswick before jumping the Sacramento River on Thursday and reaching Redding It's a city of about 92,000 people and the largest in the region.

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