USA – The Carr Fire in Shasta County erupted Thursday night into a conflagration that swept over the Sacramento River and into Redding’s city limits, killing one person and sending residents fleeing for their lives as flames spread into neighborhoods of rolling hills in the western part of the city.
“The fire has burned into the west side of Redding,” Scott McLean, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said late Thursday. “Structures are burning.
“The fire is moving so fast that law enforcement is doing evacuations as fast as we can. There have been some injuries to civilians and firefighters.”
Just after 2:30 a.m., Cal Fire issued additional evacuations for all of Shasta Lake City and Summit City, as well as Shasta Dam Visitor Center and all of Shasta Dam Boulevard. This came in addition to the city of Redding issuing evacuation orders for areas west of North Market Street that were north of the Sacramento River, as well as areas south of the river that were west of Overhill Road and Buenaventura Boulevard.
Cal Fire said a private bulldozer operator had been killed during the blaze, but gave no other details late Thursday. The fatality was the second this month reported as firefighters attacked blazes the length of California.
Officials also reported a number of injuries among other firefighters and residents.
“We can confirm that we had additional firefighters and civilian injuries,” Cal Fire Chief Brett Gouvea said at a late-night briefing in Redding. “This fire is making a significant push into the northwest area of Redding…
“This fire is extremely dangerous and moving with no regard to what’s in its path.”
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