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Carr Fire: California wildfire blazes toward Redding as evacuations mount - 1 dead

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Leonard Rios | 28 July, 2018, 04:41

The director of the Springfield Symphony found himself in the middle of an evacuation from a deadly wildfire in northern California.

Cal Fire confirmed one fatality Thursday evening.

Firefighters discuss plans while battling the Carr Fire in Shasta, Calif., on Thursday. "There have been some injuries to civilians and firefighters", California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman Scott McLean told the Sacramento Bee newspaper. No other details were provided.

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

Residents who gathered their belongings in haste described a chaotic and congested getaway as the embers blew up to a mile ahead of flames and the fire leaped across the wide Sacramento River and torched subdivisions in Redding, a city of 92,000 about 100 miles south of the OR border.

Firefighters face a hard task in the days ahead, with dry conditions and temperatures expected to reach 110 F on Friday.

The blaze, which is raging west of the park, has burned 44,223 acres and is 27% contained, the US Forest Service said.

Authorities say it is now almost 72 square miles (186 square kilometers), but containment has increased to 29 percent.

Roads out of the city, which is home to 90,000 people, have been left jammed with motorists trying to escape the flames.

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Dozens of evacuees are going to Shasta College, where officials have set up a shelter. There is also refuge at Weaverville Elementary School.

Wildfires burning across California Two have been killed fighting the blaze: a firefighter and a bulldozer operator.

"They're in triple digits through Thursday" with no rain forecast, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said. The fire is now more than 5,000 acres.

"We were fortunate enough that the wind changed hours ago and it is pushing the fire back", said Wright at about 1:15 a.m. local time.

Residents in Shasta County have been urged to evacuate, with the mandatory evacuations increasing as the fire grows.

Evacuations were ordered for areas around the city of Redding.

An out-of-control wildfire in Northern California exploded Friday, sweeping into the city of Redding and forcing thousands of residents to flee, including the hosts of a local TV news program who were evacuated as they were live on-air.

The Carr Fire in Shasta County grew rapidly Thursday night, ravaging several small communities as it began burning into Redding, a city of about 95,000 people around 120 miles south of the California-Oregon border.

Director Kyle Pickett is now leaving the Redding area after an evacuation order. "Wildfires are getting more erratic".

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