Deadly California wildfire kills 8, destroys over 650 homes

Deadly California wildfire kills 8, destroys over 650 homes

Deadly California wildfire kills 8, destroys over 650 homes

Bledsoe and his wife had raised the two great-grandchildren since birth.

"The fire looks like a tornado. Somebody said, 'I just want to do so much more, ' and I want to tell you, you are the 'more'". "He said, 'Come get me". "'The fire's coming in the back door".

But when he returned, his family was missing and it was later discovered they were still in the home as it was destroyed by the flames.

The blaze has killed two firefighters and four civilians as well as destroying 818 homes and 311 outbuildings and has damaged 165 other homes, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott McLean said.

The Carr Fire is the largest fire burning in the state Sunday, threatening more than 5,000 structures.

A number of towns remain near to the Carr wildfire and as a result the local authorities consider 5,012 structures still under threat.

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A pair of wildfires that prompted evacuation orders for 15,000 people barrelled Monday toward small lake towns in Northern California, and authorities faced questions about how quickly they warned residents about the largest and deadliest blaze burning in the state. By Thursday, the blaze had grown to 28,000 acres. Engineer Scott Pederson and firefighters Tyler Barnes and Brian Cardoza have been released from a hospital, the fire department said Friday in a news release.

"Firefighters are making good progress. Got over the top of them and they lay there until the fire took them", Bledsoe said. The individual, who was found in an undisclosed residence, was told to leave because of the fire but declined to do so, he added. Yesterday some residents were allowed to return to their... It's unclear how many have been victimized, or how many incidents of looting have been reported. "In the most recent one we confirmed that the person did receive evacuation notices and did not evacuate", Bosenko said.

"We are seeing an unprecedented beginning to what is traditionally a fire season in California, and what we now kind of refer to as the "new normal" year-round". Efforts to reach Bledsoe and other family members Monday were unsuccessful.

"It's weird, being told to evacuate after helping people evacuate", he told KPIX 5 as he leads against his truck at an evacuation area.

"I would've liked to have went in there and died with them", Bledsoe said.

"What we're seeing here is an incomplete burn situation", Capt. Doug Miles said as his crew used picks, shovels and rakes to open up piles that just days ago were family homes.

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The drawback of the automated calling system is that it is created to dial landlines, but cellphone users must register their phones if they are to receive alerts, she said. She got a wet blanket and put on her. "His whole world has been ripped away from him", according to the page.

A day later, what remained of the Bledsoe property was surrounded with crime scene tape. It said the elderly couple had been caring for the great-grandchildren for years in their rental home.

He also said that 600 National Guard soldiers had been deployed to help in support duties such as roadblocks.

The sixth victim, who was not identified, did not evacuate despite receiving an evacuation warning, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said Sunday.

Officials battling the blaze told the news conference in Redding they were feeling more optimistic on Sunday afternoon and starting to gain ground on Carr Fire.

The fire has been fueled by dry, excess vegetation and hot surface temperatures turned it into highly flammable grasslands.

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