City looks like hell as wildfires jump across river killing one

City looks like hell as wildfires jump across river killing one

Flames raging in California's scenic Shasta-Trinity area erupted late Thursday into a firestorm that jumped across the Sacramento River and swept into the western side of Redding, home to about 90,000 people, forcing residents to flee for their lives.

"This fire is extremely unsafe and is moving with no regard to what's on its path", Cal Fire Incident Commander Chief Brett Gouvea told reporters. The Ferguson Fire, which forced officials to close the Yosemite Valley through at least the weekend, had burned across more than 45,000 acres and was 29 percent contained as of Friday morning.

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

We send our honest condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of the dozer operator, who has not yet been identified.

The fire burned over the operator and his equipment, making the man the second bulldozer operator killed in a California blaze in less than two weeks.

"The fire is moving so fast that law enforcement is doing evacuations as fast as we can".

Firefighters tried in vain to build containment around the blaze Thursday, but flames kept jumping their lines, he said. The California National Guard was summoned for help, the Bee reported. At least 15 homes, businesses and other structures have been destroyed by the fast-moving fire, while five others have been damaged.

Belongie said she has prepared for the worst, if flames, edged on by winds pushing flames over parched land, continue moving through Redding.

Mike Mangas, a spokesman at Mercy Medical Center, said the hospital was evacuating five babies in its neonatal intensive care unit, which cares for premature newborns, and taking them to medical facilities outside of the area.

A firefighter battles the Carr fire in Redding California
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Flames have consumed trees, houses and historic buildings in Shasta County for days and temporarily closed traffic along Highway 299.

A Red Cross employee told local ABC affiliate KRCR-TV some 500 people took shelter in an evacuation center at Shasta College.

Jim Chapin says he got home at around 7:30 p.m. Thursday and police were there telling people to evacuate the Lake Redding Estates neighborhood. "We ask everyone to heed evacuation orders and leave promptly".

Medics and hospital staff have been affected by the fire as well.

A Cal Fire spokesman could only confirm portions of west Redding were under evacuation.

California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Riverside County.

The Carr Fire is one of 88 burning nationally, mostly across the American west, one of which prompted the closure of much of Yosemite National Park.

Redding, a city of 92,000 near the OR border, is at grave risk from the Carr fire, which has so far killed two people. "Their efforts have been hampered overnight due to extreme fire behavior and challenging wind conditions".

The Cranston Fire was the largest of at least five police believe were purposely set by a man whose vehicle was spotted at the starting point of the blaze in Riverside County, officials said. A member of the Redding Fire Department was also reported killed on Friday.

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