Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

California wildfire spreads, killing six and destroying more homes

California wildfire spreads, killing six and destroying more homes

According to the AFP, "Two young children and their 70-year-old great-grandmother Melody Bledsoe died in the Carr Fire, their family confirmed to U.S. media".

"We are well ahead of the fire activity we saw previous year", she said.

Still, he agreed with other experts that say the destruction was also the result of more people living closer to fire-prone areas. "I know it's just stuff".

In the past year, neighborhoods in the northern California wine country city of Santa Rosa and the southern California beach city of Ventura have been devastated.

Fed up, on Sunday morning Tim Bollman hiked six kilometres on trails up steep terrain to check on the Redding home he built for his wife and two sons 13 years ago.

Wildfires around the state have forced roughly 50,000 people from their homes, said Lynne Tolmachoff, a Cal Fire spokeswoman. He said his nephew called him and asked him to come back quickly, but he got stuck in traffic.

Earlier in the day, with flames exploding around Whiskeytown Lake, people tried to save boats at a marina by untying them from moorings and pushing them to safety.

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Although well above average for the same period over the past decade, it is down from 5.27 million acres (2.13 million hectares) in the first seven months of 2017.

More than 3,410 fire personnel are battling the blaze with more than 300 engines and 17 helicopters, Cal Fire reported.

Authorities also issued evacuation orders in Napa County, famous for its wine, when a fire destroyed eight structures.

More than 38,000 people in Redding and elsewhere in Shasta County have been ordered to leave their homes from the 32,740ha Carr Fire, which has destroyed at least 500 homes and businesses.

California department of forestry and fire protection (CalFire) chief Ken Pimlott told reporters "This fire was whipped up into a whirlwind of activity" by gale-force winds, he said, "uprooting trees, moving vehicles, moving parts of roadways". Another firefighter hired to try to contain the flames with a bulldozer was killed Thursday, authorities said.

Romero said there are still many uncertainties that could cause the fire to explode. The National Weather Service declared a red flag warning for high temperatures and winds and low humidity, effective until 8 AM Monday.

And due to the ongoing fire-fighting efforts, the City of Redding and the California Division of Drinking Water request that all City of Redding residents and businesses, especially those not directly affected by the fire, please conserve water.

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A Redding woman tried to save her two great-grandchildren by covering them with a wet blanket as the Carr fire swept through her home, her family said Saturday.

The latest tally showed at least 657 homes destroyed and another 145 damaged, with the fire having consumed 386 square kilometres. The blaze has destroyed at least 536 structures, damaged another 117 and was threatening almost 5,000 others, officials said.

Greg and Terri Hill evacuated their Redding home of 18 years Thursday night with little more than their medications, photo albums, clothes and firearms, assuming they'd be back home in a few days.

Anna Noland, 49, was evacuated twice in three days before learning through video footage that the house she last saw under dark and windy skies had burned.

Donna Araiza, founder of the Alyssa Araiza "Wings of Angels" organization for seriously ill children, said Stoke regularly donated to her group, as well as the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

On Saturday, it pushed southwest of Redding, the largest city in the region, toward the tiny communities of Ono, Igo and Gas Point, where scorching heat, winds and bone-dry conditions complicated firefighting efforts.

The fire grew slightly to 131 square miles (340 square kilometers) Saturday.

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