Three Marin Firefighters Injured Battling Carr Fire

Three Marin Firefighters Injured Battling Carr Fire

Three Marin Firefighters Injured Battling Carr Fire

An explosive wildfire in Northern California has burned dozens of homes, injured firefighters and civilians, and reached the city of Redding.

Conditions are ripe for the continued spread of the blaze, as the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) noted that "continued hot, dry weather is forecasted for the remainder of the week with triple digit temperatures".

The Carr Fire in Shasta County grew rapidly Thursday night, ravaging several small communities and jumping the Sacramento River before threatening the outskirts of Redding, a city of about 95,000 people around 120 miles south of the California-Oregon border, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, reported. "There was not much of a warning".

The hamlet of French Gulch that dates to the Gold Rush era was evacuated after a vehicle problem ignited the blaze on Monday.

A Cal Fire spokesman could only confirm portions of west Redding were under evacuation. But her friend said she wasn't OK, because she was just told to get out of her home with seconds notice, and fire had overtaken her backyard.

As the Carr fire burned through Shasta Co., wildfires scorched several other parts of the state. This year could prove to be even worse - already this year, roughly 4,000 fires have erupted in California, scorching more than 144,303 acres, and officials say it is still early in the season.

The Sundial Bridge on Friday. It's covered in ash and debris but is undamaged
The Sundial Bridge on Friday. It’s covered in ash and debris but is undamaged

Journalists at the Record Searchlight newspaper tweeted about continuing to report on the fire without electricity in their newsroom, and a reporter at KHSL-TV wrote on Twitter that the station's Redding reporters were "running home to gather their things". A man using a bulldozer to stop the fire from spreading has also died.

Employees at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding took Whisper the bobcat, Loki the fox and nearly 50 other animals home with them Thursday night to keep them safe from the deadly Carr Fire, said Turtle Bay CEO Mike Warren. "We are going to leave the station because it is now unsafe to be here", Woods announced.

State Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in the area as firefighters work to contain the flames. The fire threatens swaths of lands in Idyllwild, and Mt San Jacinto state park and San Bernardino national forest have both been closed. "There's a lot of fire, a lot of structures burning".

She explained that California's recent five-year drought killed 129m trees, which are fuel for the fires.

Last year, the Thomas Fire - which grew to be the largest in California history - eventually burned across more than 280,000 acres. That fire, which destroyed five homes, is believed to have been sparked by arson.

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