Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

City looks like hell as wildfires jump across river killing one

City looks like hell as wildfires jump across river killing one

A total of 100 homes were still considered under threat in the San Francisco Bay community of Clayton, although firefighters had stopped the progress of a small fire there after one house burned.

The blaze, which has killed a firefighter operating a bulldozer, was just 3 percent contained and threatened nearly 500 homes and businesses, state officials said early Friday.

The latest on the Cranston Fire Map 2018 reveals that 2174 homes are evacuated with 3200 under evacuation. They said the fire behavior has been erratic and unfavorable weather conditions have made progress hard.

At least three firefighters have been injured, but the extent of their injuries is unknown, McLean said.

Residents located east of Trinity Mountain Road use evacuation center located at Shasta College 11555 Old Oregon Trail in Redding.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for large parts of Redding.

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The blaze, which is raging west of the park, has burned 44,223 acres and is 27% contained, the US Forest Service said.

Firefighters have been working to reinforce containment lines, but estimated containment actually dipped own from 10% to 6% between Thursday morning and evening. "There's a lot of fire, a lot of structures burning".

The blaze has crossed the Sacramento River and now threatens hundreds of homes on the western fringes of the city of Redding.

Firefighters are battling steep and rugged terrain along with dry and receptive fuel beds.

The declarations issued Thursday state that hot temperatures, erratic wind and low humidity have increased the spread of both fires.

KRCR, a Redding, California, TV station and CNN affiliate, interrupted it's newscast and evacuated its facility Thursday night as the fire approached their studio.

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William Blodgett of Idyllwild said he couldn't get home because of the fire and had to wait along with others at a gas station in nearby Mountain Center - until the fire hopped a highway and began to move in his direction. So like I said, we have all the information on our websites, and of course, we'll be updating you from there, just as much as we can.

"Right now, we are being evacuated", anchor Allison Woods said during Thursday night's broadcast.

Walls of flames are quickly ripping the Northern California city of Redding, where an "out of control" fire has killed one person and is forcing thousands of residents out of their homes.

Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean says the Carr Fire in Shasta County burned over the bulldozer operator, who was hired privately, and his equipment.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials said the fire started in the Whiskeytown community, a once a vibrant and bustling mining town.

Social media feeds showed images of a large populated area bathed in orange flames as the fire jumped the Sacramento River and reached Redding.

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