Redding Firefighter Killed In Carr Fire, 2nd Death Reported In Fire Fight

A charred neighborhood destroyed by the Carr Fire is seen west of Redding California

"It's just chaotic. It's wild", he said.

Where is the Cranston fire burning?

The blaze has crossed the Sacramento River and now threatens hundreds of homes on the western fringes of the city of Redding. There have been 200 California National Guardsmen brought in to help firefighters contain the blaze, Lt. Col. Jonathan Shiroma of the National Guard said. "There was not much of a warning". Two news anchors told viewers that the building was being evacuated and urged residents to "be safe".

Firefighters tried in vain to build containment around the blaze Thursday but flames kept jumping their lines, he said.

"The fire became very active throughout the evening", Cal Fire said in a statement early Friday.

Sharon Stapleton of Shasta, Calif., said she and her husband were awakened when law enforcement officials came to their door in the middle of the night telling them to evacuate.

"We were fortunate enough that the wind changed about hours ago and it is pushing the fire back", said Wright at about 1:15 a.m. local time.

Dozens of charred, twisted and melted boats were among the losses at Oak Bottom Marina.

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And in Northern California's Shasta County, the Carr Fire has burned 20,000 acres and is just 10 percent contained.

Before that, the blaze swept through the smaller towns of Shasta and Keswick, the Associated Press reported. Jerry Brown declared states of emergency for the three largest fires, which will authorize the state to rally resources to local governments.

The wildfires have dispatched firefighters to all corners of the state amid an oppressive heat wave.

In the Sierra Nevada, famed Yosemite National Park closed Wednesday as smoke from a fire to the west cast a pall on the region.

The fire, which is located east of Hemet, prompted officials to close sections of Highway 74 between the Cranston Fire Stations and Lake Hemet, as well as part of Highway 243 between Pine Cove and Mountain Center, according to the San Bernardino National Forest. According to fire officials on Friday, approximately 6,000 people remain evacuated and 4,830 structures are threatened.

The Cranston Fire has destroyed five homes and forced some 3,200 people to evacuate.

The Carr Fire is among 88 active large fires scorching the country and one of six large wildfires in California, the National Interagency Fire Center said. The closure was heartbreaking for travelers, many of whom mapped out their trips months in advance to hike and climb amid the spectacular views of cascading waterfalls and sheer rock faces. "Within a half-hour, the whole town was overwhelmed with flames", Joe Achtner, a 65-year-old carpenter and Idyllwild resident, told the Los Angeles Times.

At least 1,000 campground and hotel bookings were canceled - to say nothing of the impact on day visitors, park workers and small businesses along the highway, Gediman said.

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