California's Carr Fire Jumps Sacramento River, Reaching Outskirts Of Redding

California's Carr Fire Jumps Sacramento River, Reaching Outskirts Of Redding

California's Carr Fire Jumps Sacramento River, Reaching Outskirts Of Redding

A firefighter watches flames advance up a hill towards homes as crews battle the Carr Fire, west of Redding, California, U.S. July 27, 2018.

More than 20,000 residents have been ordered to evacuate as the Carr Fire continues to descend on Redding, destroying everything in its path, and as with last year's devastating Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County, locals are wondering what they can do to help.

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

Some 1,750 firefighters are battling the blaze, Cal Fire said.

"Several staff members have evacuated their own homes then returned to care for patients", he said. The Ferguson Fire in central California engulfed some 44,000 acres as of Thursday evening and continued to grow near Yosemite National Park.

The blaze on Thursday killed a bulldozer operator working with fire teams to clear brush around the fire.

A raging wildfire in Northern California that swelled in size overnight has killed two people and injured at least three firefighters, officials said Friday.

The fire exploded overnight, destroying dozens of homes. But her friend said she wasn't OK, because she was just told to get out of her home with seconds notice, and fire had overtaken her backyard.

The fire in Shasta County was estimated at more than 31 square miles (80 square kilometers) Thursday morning.

Cars scorched by the Carr Fire rest at a residence in Redding Calif. on Friday
Cars scorched by the Carr Fire rest at a residence in Redding Calif. on Friday

The blaze moved east from the communities of Whiskeytown and Shasta and crossed the Sacramento River to threaten the city of Redding, home to 90,000 people.

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

A Red Cross employee told local ABC affiliate KRCR-TV some 500 people took shelter in an evacuation center at Shasta College.

Employees at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding took Whisper the bobcat, Loki the fox and nearly 50 other animals home with them Thursday night to keep them safe from the deadly Carr Fire, said Turtle Bay CEO Mike Warren. "We ask everyone to heed evacuation orders and leave promptly".

He says that winds were so extreme Thursday that embers traveled up to a mile ahead of the flames.

A firefighter from the city of Redding was killed as a result of the Carr Fire, California officials said in a statement Friday.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Shasta and Riverside Counties on Thursday over the Carr and Cranston fires, which were being supercharged by temperatures above 37 degrees, erratic winds and low humidity.

Authorities arrested a Temecula man on suspicion of setting the fire.

According to KCBS Radio, at least two fire tornadoes have been reported in the region.

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