Dead, Including City Firefighter, as Carr Fire Explodes Overnight in Redding Area

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The Carr Fire is now in a sparsely inhabited area, but Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean warned in a phone interview that it was heading toward Redding, a city of about 90,000 people.

The local California Highway Patrol office says that the fire is now in the community of Old Shasta and people in the community of West Redding should prepare to leave.

Sullivan had heard the flames had jumped the Sacramento River at around 7:45 p.m.

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.

"We've been here live and right now we are being evacuated". Firefighters and others on hand are dealing with extremely dry conditions and risky temperature, which are expected to reach 110 fahrenheit on Friday (July 26).

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

As of dawn, Cal Fire said the Carr Fire had grown to 44,450 acres and was just 3 percent contained. At least 15 buildings were destroyed in the blaze, with 500 more under threat.

Continued hot and dry weather forecasted for the rest of the week, with triple digit temperatures.

Mercy Medical Center spokesman Mike Mangas told the Redding Record Searchlight that the hospital was not being evacuated yet, but they were getting newborns ready, in case they needed to be taken to another hospital.

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The hospital is not under a mandatory evacuation order, but the infants are being evacuated because of the time and intense resources needed to relocate them.

Fire officials said the mechanical failure of a vehicle sparked the blaze on Monday.

During a walk down Deer Foot Lane, which was hit the hardest by the fire, Day showed viewers all 5 homes destroyed and was able to illustrate the heartache caused by the flames, which forced the evacuation of more then 3,200 people, and sent the Coachella Valley into a panic. "Several members have lost their homes".

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.

California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared states of emergency in Riverside and Shasta counties as fires burn on both ends of the state.

The fire burned over the operator and his equipment, making the man the second bulldozer operator killed in a California blaze in less than two weeks. About 3,800 firefighters are on the scene.

Authorities believe McGlover started not only the Cranston Fire but other fires in the region as well.

On Wednesday, July 25, 2018, CAL FIRE Law Enforcement Officers arrested Brandon N. McGlover, 32 of Temecula for allegedly setting multiple fires in southwest Riverside County, California on July 25, 2018.

The area around Idyllwild was the site of a massive wildfire in July 2013 that burned more than 27,000 acres.