Drive through Carr Fire near Redding reveals apocalyptic scenes

28 July, 2018, 04:42 | Author: Trevor Moore
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(Picture: AP) A house burns during the Carr fire in Redding, California (Picture: AFP) More than 1,700 firefighters are battling the blaze, Cal Fire said in an evening advisory.

The heart of Yosemite National Park remained empty the day after campers and hotel guests were evicted so firefighters could try to keep the state's largest fire from entering the park almost two weeks after it was sparked.

The director of the Springfield Symphony found himself in the middle of an evacuation from a deadly wildfire in northern California.

Redding hospital has been evacuated - with at least five infants being rushed out and some babies being airlifted to hospitals in Sacramento.

Another fire around Yosemite National Park in central California has grown to 44,000 acres.

Cal Fire announced the death early Friday of a private bulldozer operator, who was working on an active section of the fire.

"I didn't know if the fire was just going to jump out behind a bush and grab me and suck me in", Williams said.

You can also make donations to the Red Cross, which is helping fire evacuees, by clicking here, calling 800-RED-CROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Roads out of the city, about 240 km north of Sacramento, were jammed overnight with motorists trying to escape the flames, social media postings showed.

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Fire officials warned that the blaze would probably burn deeper into urban areas before there was any hope of containing it, though it either changed direction or was stopped before it could burn into the core of the city.

Mandatory evacuations are in place, and officials are telling people to be prepared to leave at any moment.

Another fire, the Ferguson Fire, has prompted the closure of the most iconic areas of Yosemite National Park until Sunday, killed one person and injured several firefighters.

Warm air further dries out the land and provides blazes with more fuel, though gusty winds are hugely important contributors - if not the most important factor.

"We've been here live and right now we are being evacuated".

The blaze that broke out Monday exploded late Thursday and raced into small communities west of Redding before entering the city limits.

California Gov. Jerry Brown had declared a state of emergency for Riverside and Shasta counties on Thursday in response to the fire. Fifteen structures were destroyed as of Friday morning.

32-year-old Brandon McGlover was arrested Thursday in connection with the fire and is being held on five-counts of arson.

This year so far, nearly 1.6 million hectares have been blackened by wildfires, above a 10-year average of 1.5 million hectares over the same period, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

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