Great-grandmother and two children killed in California wildfires

Great-grandmother and two children killed in California wildfires

Great-grandmother and two children killed in California wildfires

A 32-year-old man has been arrested and charged with 15 arson counts, though it is still unclear if he started the Carr fire. One of the homes lost belonged to Shyla and Jason Campbell.

Firefighters in Shasta County, in northern California, where the Carr Fire began on July 23, warned on Twitter that "erratic winds and hot, dry conditions on the #CarrFire resulted in greater growth and increased fire behavior last night".

Shyla Campbell, 32, said it was almost 2 a.m. Thursday when she got an official alert to evacuate.

"We were fortunate enough that the wind changed hours ago, and it is pushing the fire back", said Wright on Friday. "And I'm like, 'No, it's going down the mountain and it's going to come back up the next ridge'".

A Go Fund Me effort, launched overnight to help Ed Bledsoe, had raised nearly half its $30,000 goal by midday Sunday.

More than 38,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes in the city of Redding as the fires enter their sixth day. "I just keep seeing all of their lovely faces".

About 37,000 people remained under evacuation orders as the wreckage smoldered. 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.

"The boat docks down there - all the way out in the water - 30 to 40 boats caught fire when the fire laid down on top of them last night and burned those up", said fire Chief Mike Hebrard of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Despite the efforts of 3400 active fire personnel, the blaze is winning.

Two firefighters have also been killed in the blaze.

Five people have died in the blaze, including a woman and her two great-grandchildren.

Other major wildfires were raging about 177km east of Los Angeles and near Yosemite National Park, which closed due to the blaze.

So far this year, wildfires have scorched nearly 1.7 million hectares across the United States, above the 1.5 million hectare average for the same period over the last decade.

Redding Police Chief Roger Moore kept up an around-the-clock work schedule despite learning that his home was one of those destroyed.

Residents in the western part of Redding who had not been under evacuation orders were caught off guard and had to flee with little notice.

But when they returned Friday, virtually nothing was left of their home but fine particles of ash. It was so hot, they couldn't walk through it to see if anything survived.

After days of fortifying the areas around Redding, fire crews were increasingly confident that the city would escape further damage.

"It's pretty emotional", Terri Hill said.

"God Almighty, I don't know what I done wrong", he said. But we'll make new memories and get new stuff.

Liz Williams loaded up two kids in her auto and then found herself locked in bumper-to-bumper traffic with neighbors trying to flee from Lake Redding Estates. She eventually jumped the curb onto the sidewalk and "booked it".

A reporter with Redding television station KRCR choked up as she reported live updates about the fire before the station had to go off the air later. "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.

Like the fires in Santa Rosa and Ventura past year, wind was a major contributor to the blaze's spread.

The Carr Fire, the name given to the Redding blaze, was one of three fierce blazes threatening large populated areas.

Gill reported from San Francisco.

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