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Residents flee in face of massive California wildfire

Residents flee in face of massive California wildfire

'The only buildings left standing. right now are the fire station and a couple of restrooms, ' said Fire Chief Mike Hebrard of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. It was reported to be just 27 percent contained.

By Thursday, the fire was contained approximately 10 percent. Firefighters face a hard task with dry conditions and temperatures expected to reach 110 F on Friday.

The heart of Yosemite National Park remained empty the day after campers and hotel guests were evicted so firefighters could try to keep the state's largest fire from entering the park almost two weeks after it was sparked.

"As we mourn the loss, we also battle a fire that is moving extremely quickly and erratically into western Redding", Gouvea said.

At least three other firefighters have been injured, but the extent of their injuries is unknown, McLean said.

The California National Guard has stepped in to help to contain the blaze.

Exactly what led up to the firefighter's death is still being investigated by Cal Fire.

A shockingly fast-spreading fire overtook the Northern California city of Redding - with a population of about 90,000 - and forced its evacuation Thursday night. "And we're gonna go out on the skycam for you", the anchors said.

William Blodgett of Idyllwild said he couldn't get home because of the fire and had to wait along with others at a gas station in nearby Mountain Center - until the fire hopped a highway and began to move in his direction.

The Medical Center has not received evacuation orders but has chosen to evacuate the babies due to the time and resources required to evacuate them.

Medics and hospital staff have been directly impacted by the fire. "Several members have lost their homes". A Cal Fire spokesman could only confirm portions of west Redding were under evacuation.

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Thursday for Riverside and Shasta counties in response to fires.

The so-called Carr Fire was just one of several wildfires that have dispatched firefighters to all corners of the state amid an oppressive heat wave.

The Carr Fire burns along Highway 299 in Redding, Calif., July 26, 2018.

There have been 3,4000 wildfires in California in the previous year, burning 99,000 acres, according to Cal Fire.

Authorities believe McGlover set multiple fires Wednesday in Riverside County, including the Cranston Fire.

More than 1,000 firefighters are battling that blaze, which has scorched 7,500 acres and is only 5% contained.

The fire erupted Wednesday and rapidly spread over 7½ square miles (19 square kilometers), forcing the evacuation of the entire town of Idyllwild, other communities and youth summer camps.

More evacuations have been ordered as a devastating wildfire torches an area in and around Redding.

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