Drive through Carr Fire near Redding reveals apocalyptic scenes

Arturo Kim
July 28, 2018

But more current satellite data early Friday morning shows it has expanded to at least 45,000 acres.

Firefighters discuss plans while battling the Carr Fire in Shasta, Calif., on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

He said the situation is "very dynamic" and that it's "a heck of a fight".

Firefighters tried in vain to build containment around the blaze Thursday, but flames kept jumping their lines, he said.

The fire exploded overnight, destroying dozens of homes.

He said the fire behavior was so erratic, there were tornadoes within the fire "tossing around equipment, blowing windows out of Cal Fire pickup trucks".

A man driving through the Carr Fire near Redding recorded terrifying video that revealed near apocalyptic scenes.

The closure through at least Sunday led to at least 1,000 campground and hotel bookings being canceled, park spokesman Scott Gediman said. "The fire community is extremely heartbroken for this loss".

So far, one person - a bulldozer operator - has been killed in the so-called Carr Fire, a blaze in Shasta County that has tripled in size in the last two days to 28,000 acres, the state's forestry and fire protection department said.

One bulldozer operator has been reported dead and three firefighters have been reported injured as of Friday morning.

The Carr Fire burned across a stretch of California about two hours south of the OR border.

Residents located east of Trinity Mountain Road use evacuation center located at Shasta College 11555 Old Oregon Trail in Redding.

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At 9 p.m., fire personnel requested that Redding Electric Utility shut off power to residents of North Redding.

Authorities urged other residents in nearby areas to evacuate and said more evacuation orders could follow.

Hospital staff are preparing to evacuate the entire facility if needed, a Cal Fire spokesman said.

News anchors Allison Woods and Tamara Damante were broadcasting live Thursday night when employees were told to leave the station.

"The fire is definitely creating its own weather", she said, adding that she saw burnt leaves and embers flying throughout the city.

"I didn't know if I'd make it so I just got in the middle of the street, went down the middle of the street through the embers and the smoke and made it past", Hobson said. "It doesn't sound good".

More than 1,000 firefighters are battling that blaze, which has scorched 11,500 acres and is only 3% contained, according to San Bernardino National Forest officials.

Journalists covering the fire also had to respond to the blaze.

KRCR, a Redding TV station and CNN affiliate, interrupted its newscast and evacuated its facility Thursday night as the fire approached.

He says the fire has burned dozens of homes in the communities of Shasta, Keswick and the west side of Redding, a city of about 92,000 people.

There have now been three fire-related deaths in the state in recent weeks.

Cal Fire said the Carr Fire had grown early Friday to 44,450 acres and was just 3 percent contained.

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