SHASTA COUNTY, CA — A Northern California blaze that sparked six days ago killed six people and has burned 95,368 acres so far. The Carr Fire is just 17 percent contained.
The Associated Press reported the blaze, which displaced 38,000 residents, killed at least six people as of Sunday. Two of the deceased were firefighters, while the others were identified as James Roberts, 5, Emily Roberts, 4, and their great-grandmother Melody Bledsoe, 70. Another person, whose name has not been released, was found inside a home, according to officials.
Associated Press reported the three were stranded “when walls of flames swept through the family’s rural property Thursday on the outskirts of Redding.” A sixth person was confirmed dead Sunday afternoon, but officials did not offer details.
Another dozen people have been reported missing, but Shasta County Sheriff’s officials are hopeful to find some alive.
Cal Fire officials said 536 structures were destroyed while 117 were damaged. Another 5,000 structures remain threatened as more than 3,300 personnel work to contain the blaze, described as one of the worst in California history by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Reclamation, which manages public water in the region, warned that water levels in the Lewiston Reservoir and in the Trinity River could fluctuate Sunday evening due to emergency water releases associated with the Carr Fire. Anyone near the water should take precautions, the agency warned.
The fire erupted by a vehicle Monday afternoon near the intersection of Highway 299 and Carr Powerhouse Road in Whiskeytown, before making its way to Redding and other parts of the county. It was just one of several blazes to burn through California this weekend as President Trump declared a federal emergency.
Elsewhere in the state, crews were still battling the Ferguson Fire, which prompted the temporary closure of parts of Yosemite National Forest and killed two firefighters. Mendocino County saw two wildfires this weekend that burned through four homes, the Cranston Fire in San Bernardino National Forest had forced the evacuation of thousands of residents, and the Rock Fire threatened more than 100 homes after igniting in San Diego County on Saturday afternoon.
Cal Fire said crews from Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, South Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado were assisting in the wildfires, while crews from Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico and Oregon were en route. (Get Patch real-time email alerts for the latest news from your California neighborhood. Also, download the free Patch iPhone app or free Patch Android app. Also, be sure to follow your local Patch on Facebook!)
In the Carr Fire, evacuations were ordered for the following locations:
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Evacuation Centers were established at:
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