Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Northern California wildfire raging into its fourth day

Northern California wildfire raging into its fourth day

Anna Noland, who was evacuated twice in three days, learned Friday that she had lost her home.

She planned to stay at a shelter at Simpson College in Redding while she searches for another place to live.

"This was my house since I was born", he said, getting emotional.

"It's the craziest frickin' thing you have ever seen", he said, his eyes filled with tears.

TRT World's Arabella Munro reports.

At least five people are dead and more than 38,000 people displaced as firefighters work to contain the blaze.

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said a sixth person died as a result of the Carr Fire, during an afternoon press conference.

Melody Bledsoe's husband, Ed Bledsoe, said he had gone to get supplies when his house caught fire.

And due to the ongoing fire-fighting efforts, the City of Redding and the California Division of Drinking Water request that all City of Redding residents and businesses, especially those not directly affected by the fire, please conserve water.

The Carr Fire destroyed almost all of Keswick, a hamlet just west of Redding. The flames were just 5 percent contained, though Gouvea said he expected that number to climb.

Greg and Terri Hill evacuated their Redding home of 18 years Thursday night with their medications, photo albums, clothes and firearms, assuming they'd be back in a few days.

The day after being told there were no bodies in the home, a relative who's a firefighter told the department they needed to search the rubble again.

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Bonnie Kieffaber, 69, says being away from home is expensive. He said his nephew called him and asked him to come back quickly, but he got stuck in traffic.

He said when the couple first got together, she had about $24,000 in the bank. "The heat and the stress of it all, and praying for everybody and all of our friends".

Authorities previously identified another firefighter fatality as Redding Fire Department Inspector Jeremy Stoke, who was killed on the job Thursday night.

The other three victims - 70-year-old Melody Bledsoe and her two great-grandchildren, 5-year-old James Roberts and 4-year-old Emily Roberts - died when walls of flames swept through the family's rural property on the outskirts of Redding. Bosenko didn't provide any further details about the victim, but said the case was under investigation.

Law enforcement officials are now trying to locate 17 people reported missing, but noted that the number of missing has fluctuated in recent days as new people are reported missing and others located, Redding Police Sergeant Todd Cogle said by telephone.

Meanwhile, about 120 miles (200 kilometers) southwest of Redding, two blazes prompted mandatory evacuations in Mendocino County. Two firefighters were killed and the latest tally of 500 destroyed structures was sure to rise. The fires have forced evacuations and are threatening more than 4,500 structures. They had blackened 39 square miles and were each 5 percent contained.

The blaze remained unpredictable, said Chris Anthony, a division chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

Elsewhere in California, large fires continued to burn outside Yosemite National Park and in the San Jacinto Mountains east of Los Angeles near Palm Springs.

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

Smith said he arrived home Thursday as evacuees were racing out.

"Save it for your family, save it for your family", he says he reminded himself during two adrenalin-filled hours. The only good news is the two air tankers have been joined by 17 helicopter tankers that began flying missions as of 8:30 a.m. this morning.

A fourth firefighter was being evaluated at the UC Davis Burn Center, the news release said.

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