3 confirmed dead in California wildfire

Arturo Kim
July 30, 2018

More than 50,000 people have been evacuated in Northern California bushfires that have killed five, including two children and their great-grandmother, as fire crews battled on to quell flames that have destroyed entire neighbourhoods.

"Over the years, we're putting more people in harm's way", he said. The victim's identity was not released.

The Latest on fires in California (all times local):2:25 p.m.

Bosenko said authorities are still looking for seven people after finding nine others who had been reported missing.

Bonnie and Jerry Kieffaber grabbed most of their medications when they left their home in Redding on Thursday, but they forgot his insulin.

The fire was ignited Monday when a vehicle malfunctioned near the Carr Powerhouse in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Cal Fire says. Redding police chief Roger Moore was among those who lost their homes, the Los Angeles Times reports.

In those final minutes, unable to get to his wife and their great-grandchildren, Bledsoe was able to get through on the phone.

Meanwhile, about 120 miles (200 kilometers) southwest of Redding, two blazes prompted mandatory evacuations in Mendocino County.

Firefighters from various San Diego County fire departments scratch out a fire line in De Luz on Saturday.

"I think I'm still in shock", Noland said. "No looting on my watch".

A wooden structure burns on the south edge of the Carr Fire near Igo, California, U.S. July 29, 2018.

"It's tough", Shyla Campbell said Friday from the city of Shasta Lake.

"I didn't know if the fire was just going to jump out behind a bush and grab me and suck me in", Williams said. The Carr Fire had been burning for four days at that point and Bledsoe said he didn't realize the fire was coming into his neighborhood.

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Capt. Scott Fisher, with the San Bernardino County Fire Department, surveys a wildfire-damaged neighborhood in Keswick.

Whole neighbourhoods in Redding, a city of 90,000 residents, as well as the nearby town of Keswick, with a population of about 450, were reduced to ash. A heavy haze hung low over the water, where some of the docked boats had melted.

Liz Williams loaded up two kids in her auto and then found herself locked in bumper-to-bumper traffic with neighbors trying to retreat from Lake Redding Estates.

"My babies are dead", Sherry Bledsoe said through tears after she and family members met Saturday with sheriff's deputies.

Melody Bledsoe, 70, and her great-grandchildren, Emily Roberts, 5, and James Roberts, 4, died when their Redding home burned Thursday night, according to their family.

Another person was found dead after a fire consumed a house, Bosenko said Sunday.

The blaze remained unpredictable, said Chris Anthony, a division chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). Almost 5,000 structures were threatened and the fire was just 5 percent contained. They've been identified as bulldozer operator Don Ray Smith, of Pollock Pines and Redding fire Inspector Jeremy Stoke.

Friday night did not feature a rampage like Thursday's, but life is far from back to normal in the parts of Redding so far untouched by fire.

Cal Fire spokeswoman Tricia Austin said Sunday the blazes were each 5 percent contained.

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

Another firefighter hired as a contractor, was also killed fighting the fire.

Wildfires throughout the state have burned through tinder-dry brush and forest, forced thousands to evacuate homes and caused campers to pack up their tents at the height of summer. Gov.

Some evacuations were lifted but officials said Yosemite Valley, the heart of tourism in the park, will remain closed until August 3.

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