Northern California Wildfire Raging Into Its Fourth Day

Victims of California wildfire named

To the northeast, a massive fire near Redding slowed for the first time since days of explosive growth.

A destroyed auto is seen among the ruins of a burned neighborhood after the Carr Fire passed through the area of Lake Keswick Estates near Redding, Calif., on July 28.

Gouvea spoke at a news conference with fire and law enforcement officials.

"My sympathy goes out to the family", Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said. The victim's identity has not yet been released.

Bosenko also said that the sheriff's department was investigating seven reports of missing people. Hundreds of homes were destroyed and about 50,000 people were under evacuation orders.

A firefighter watches flames advance up a hill towards homes as crews battle the Carr Fire, west of Redding, California, U.S. July 27, 2018. High temperatures and heavy winds conspired to complicate the effort backed by more than 300 fire engines and 17 helicopters.

A vehicle problem ignited the fire Monday, but it wasn't until Thursday that the fire exploded and raced into communities west of Redding before entering city limits.

The fire has now taken five lives, destroyed 517 structures and damaged 135, with over 5,000 structures currently threatened. On Friday an Associated Press reporter counted at least 125 burned homes. The United Way of Northern California has established a Shasta County Fire Relief Fund.

A man accused of setting several fires in Riverside County, including the Cranston Fire, was arrested Wednesday, authorities said. "I didn't know if the fire was just going to jump out behind a bush and grab me and suck me in". Authorities had not reopened any evacuated neighbourhoods where fires raged due to safety and ongoing investigations. The fires that began Friday are burning about 120 miles southwest of Redding.

"I don't even have any more tears to cry", Decker said. But then he composed himself.

Keswick, a mountain town of about 450 people, was reduced to an ashy moonscape of blackened trees and smouldering rubble.

Firefighters from various San Diego County fire departments scratch out a fire line in De Luz on Saturday. Here's how you can help those impacted by the Carr Fire: GoFundMe has published a running list of verified campaigns supporting individual families whose homes were destroyed in the fire.

The fatalities included two firefighters and a woman and her two great-grandchildren.

Sherry Bledsoe said Saturday that her two children and her grandmother died in the fire near Redding.

70-year old Melody Bledsoe and her great-grandchildren 5-year-old James Roberts and 4-year-old Emily Roberts died in the fast-moving fire.

Crews attacking the Carr fire in and around Redding said they had located another body - the fourth civilian to perish in that blaze. The firefighters have contained just five percent of the flames so far, though they are working day in and day out.

"What we're seeing with some of the most unsafe fires is that they're spreading quickly, burning very hot or producing their own weather", he said.

Redding fire inspector Jeremy Stoke was killed in the blaze, though no details were offered on what happened to him.

Mike Theune, a spokesman for the so-called Ferguson Fire, said the firefighter was treated for injuries at the scene Sunday but died before he could be hospitalized.

"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.

While he discussed the worst-case scenario of the three staying put as the flames closed in, Decker held out some hope Saturday morning until he got the word they were dreading.

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