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At least one person died in a wildfire that swept through Northern California, destroying buildings and forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate late Thursday.
The blaze, which killed a bulldozer operator working on fire lines, ripped through the villages of Shasta and Keswick before heading toward Redding, a city of more than 90,000 people. Dubbed the Carr Fire, the wildfire began Monday amid extreme temperatures that are expected to continue for the reminder of the week.
“We’re battling a fire that is moving extremely quickly and erratically into Western Redding,” Unified Incident Commander Chief Brett Gouvea said in a press conference.
Gouvea said additional firefighter and civilians had also suffered injuries and urged residents of Redding to evacuate immediately. “This fire is extremely dangerous and moving in no regard to what’s in its path,” he said.
A home burns as the #CarrFire burns through a neighborhood. One #firefighter has died and three have been injured battling the 28,000 acre fire that has destroyed dozens of homes. The fire is 6% contained. pic.twitter.com/oXnS4nn3DO
— Justin Sullivan (@sullyfoto) July 27, 2018
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 27, 2018
Middle sister just called to let us know she’s being evacuated due to the #CarrFire. No further news. This is terrifying.
— Seanan McGuire (@seananmcguire) July 27, 2018
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 27, 2018
This isnt the first time ive seen a fire take out a large populated area (especially in CA in the last few years) but I dont think ive ever heard one that was this established go down hill so quickly and violently. This is a night I wont forget. #CarrFire
— Bernie Deyo (@EPN473) July 27, 2018
— Tyson Hooper (@Ty_Hoop7) July 26, 2018
— Anthony Cavalli (@CoachCavalli) July 27, 2018
If you are in Redding, EVACUATE.
Authorities have made clear that the fire is dangerous and unpredictable and if you feel threatened, you should go.
— Kaz Weida (@kazweida) July 27, 2018
— Daniel Myungkyu Kim (@so_dakim) July 27, 2018
— Mik (@Mikkkkk55) July 27, 2018
— Kory Kammersgard (@kkamms) July 27, 2018
Well my childhood home is gone. I never imagined that would even happen and my parents didn’t even get an evacuation notice. They literally packed up and left when they saw the fire in their neighborhood. Smh #CarrFire
— S. 🌈 (@sarrachaaa) July 27, 2018
Prayers for everyone here in Redding/Shasta lake area. Unfortunately the fire spread and we no longer have a home but I’m just glad i still have my family safe. 🙏 would really appreciate some prayers. #CarrFire pic.twitter.com/fw9EWKVOSL
— Katana Martina (@katanamartina) July 27, 2018
— shybabygirl (@ElizabethNoria) July 27, 2018
Photo:Noah Berger pic.twitter.com/zGgwaPVrpQ
— Melissa Camille (@MelissaCamille) July 27, 2018
Stay safe Redding friends.
The #CarrFire is absolutely horrifying. It’s just jumped the Sacramento River and now is burning in my hometown. It’s 6% contained. The flames are strong enough that it’s generating it’s own wind and tomorrow is going to be 113 degrees. pic.twitter.com/8EOtArENEX
— Air Budz (@colbydroscher) July 27, 2018
— Norah O’Donnell🇺🇸 (@NorahODonnell) July 27, 2018
FIRE WHIRL! This video from the #CarrFire: Intense heat rising, relatively cooler air surrounding, rotation ensues. Forms differently but can throw debris like a tornado. 📷: @PCP_FIRE pic.twitter.com/cEcVh4VKy7
— Ginger Zee (@Ginger_Zee) July 27, 2018
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