Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

2 children, great-grandmother killed in Northern California wildfire

2 children, great-grandmother killed in Northern California wildfire

As the fire advanced, a high school that was used to shelter evacuees was suddenly in danger of being in the path of the flames, and evacuees had to move again to Shasta College, according to NBC News.

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said Sunday that the remains were found within the boundary of the Carr Fire near Redding, about 230 miles (370 kilometers) north of San Francisco.

Crews attacking the Carr fire in and around Redding said they had located another body - the fourth civilian to perish in that blaze.

Law enforcement officials are now trying to locate 17 people reported missing, but noted that the number of missing has fluctuated in recent days as new people are reported missing and others located, Redding Police Sergeant Todd Cogle said by telephone.

Two firefighters had already been killed by the fire, Redding fire inspector Jeremy Stoke and a bulldozer operator whose name wasn't immediately released.

Authorities confirmed Saturday that Melody Bledsoe, 70, and her great-grandchildren Emily and James Roberts, ages 4 and 5, respectively, died in the blaze.

A police chief whose home was destroyed when fire tore through his Northern California city says he will continue to stay on duty.

Bledsoe rushed home, but was turned back by police because the fire was raging.

"It's a hard fire to deal with", Austin said, noting the weather was hot and the terrain rugged. Two firefighters were killed and the latest tally of 500 destroyed structures was sure to rise.

Fire officials warned that the blaze would probably burn deeper into urban areas before there was any hope of containing it. "As this fire was just exploding, it's just been inching closer and closer and closer to the station to the point where there was a neighborhood up in flames just about a mile away from the station, just across from the Sacramento River", Damante said during an interview on "Good Morning America" early Friday.

Bollman took hundreds of photos, recorded video, texted his wife and hiked out.

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The fire broke out on July 23, 2018, which forced tens of thousands of people to flee from their homes.

Ed Bledsoe said he wasn't able to use his usual route to get home because of traffic congestion in the fire area, so he left his auto and tried to make it home on foot but that, too, was not possible.

Although well above average for the same period over the past decade, it is down from 5.27 million acres (2.13 million hectares) in the first seven months of 2017. Those fires had burned almost 260 square kilometres.

As of Saturday night, ground crews backed by a squadron of 17 water-dropping helicopters had managed to carve buffer lines around just 5 percent of the fire's perimeter, leaving the blaze largely unchecked.

More than 4,000 structures were threatened by the fire, officials said.

"We have seen really extremely explosive fire behavior on this particular fire, but its not unique any more to what we are seeing on fires in California", Cal Fire's Anthony said.

"There's so much smoke up there, it's actually keeping the temperature down by about 10 degrees", Barufaldi said.

A vehicle problem ignited the fire July 23, but it wasn't until Thursday that the blaze exploded in size and raced into populated areas west of Redding before entering city limits. The flames destroyed 517 structures and damaged 135.

The spread of a deadly wildfire that has swept through Northern California in recent days, killing at least six people, showed some signs of slowing down on Sunday.

Meanwhile, in Southern California, where the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park, has grown to 54,481 acres with 30 percent containment, a second firefighter has reportedly been killed. More than 38,000 people remained under evacuation orders on Sunday in and around the city of Redding, about 160 miles (257 km) north of the state capital Sacramento.

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