Deadly California wildfire kills 8, destroys over 650 homes

The Carr Fire burns along Highway 299 in Redding Calif. on Thursday

The Carr Fire burns along Highway 299 in Redding Calif. on Thursday

Sherry Bledsoe's two children, James Roberts, 5, and Emily Roberts, 4, were stranded with their great grandmother Melody Bledsoe, 70, when walls of flames swept through the family's rural property Thursday on the outskirts of Redding.

Homes were levelled by the Carr Fire.

As of Sunday morning, the blazed had burned 89,194 acres or 139 square miles, which is the size of Detroit, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire.

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko told a news conference near the city of Redding at the edge of the blaze on Sunday one more person had been killed in a residence consumed by fire, bringing the total to six, including two firefighters.

Wildfire Today posted a video of what is referred to as a "fire tornado' that roared down from Keswick Dam just north of Redding to destroy over 125 homes on Friday".

Firefighters discuss plans while battling the Carr Fire in Shasta Calif. on Thursday
Firefighters discuss plans while battling the Carr Fire in Shasta Calif. on Thursday

According to the Sacramento Bee account, Melody Bledsoe's husband, Ed Bledsoe, wept as he recalled trying to get back to the family's house after he had left to run an errand on Thursday, only to learn that the fire was closing in on them.

The blaze remained unpredictable, he said by telephone from Redding. The air is thick with the smell of smoke and chemicals, and the smoldering remains are still too hot to sift through.

At least 125 square miles (320 square km) had been scorched by the Carr fire by Saturday night. The winds that aided firefighters in keeping the flames from more populated areas were propelling it forward at a frightening rate. Northwest Redding saw single-digit relative humidity, winds up to 13 miles per hour and temperatures of 102 degrees, with a Heat Index of 108 on Friday.

The wildfire was among more than a dozen in California requiring more than 10,000 firefighters and chasing 50,000 people from their homes.

Authorities said they were also struggling with the loss. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office ordered evacuations for people living in an area of Ukiah north of Highway 175. Residents in neighboring Benmore Valley were also told to leave Saturday.

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A deadly wildfire charring northern California has reportedly claimed the lives of three more people, including two young children.

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

One of the California fires prompted a rare closure of much of Yosemite National Park last week, while another forced mass evacuations from the mountain resort community of Idyllwild, east of Los Angeles.

Fire officials warned that the blaze would probably burn deeper into urban areas before there was any hope of containing it. So far this year, almost 37,000 wildfires have burned more than 4.25 million acres.

US President Donald Trump approved a state of emergency declaration in California due to the fires. One of the homes lost belonged to Shyla and Jason Campbell. The blaze is "taking everything down in its path", and the situation on the scene is "very dynamic" and "a heck of a fight", Scott McLean, a spokesman for the crews battling the Carr Fire, told The Associated Press.

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Some residents drove to hotels or the homes of family members in safer parts of California, while other evacuees poured into a shelter just outside of town. Ed Bledsoe was out buying supplies to help others threatened by the wildfire when flames engulfed his home, KGO reported. She said she nearly grabbed a box of mementos - trinkets, diaries, ticket stubs from her favorite movies - but then thought it would take up too much room in the auto.

"I just don't know what I've done wrong".

"We're trying to get the heavy fuels down away from the line so we'll have less chance of embers crossing the line". It was so hot, they couldn't walk through it to see if anything survived.

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