Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Bulldozer operator killed in Northern California wildfire

Bulldozer operator killed in Northern California wildfire

They are an elite crew of 20 firefighters based at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

"I don't even have any more tears to cry", Decker said.

"There has been a fourth victim identified as a result of the fire consuming a residence and a decedent located in that residence", Bosenko said.

About 37,000 people are under evacuation orders, 5,000 homes are threatened and the fire is just 5 percent contained.

Officials said police were responding to looting incidents in evacuated neighbourhoods.

"We don't want to give the impression that all these people have suffered some kind of grave circumstances", Cogle said. Jerry Brown declared states of emergency for the three largest fires, which will authorize the state to rally resources to local governments.

About 12,000 firefighters have responded to the wildfires from within California. National Guard troops also were called in to assist at roadblocks. He could feel the fire sucking the air from around him, whipping up swirling embers in a "fire tornado", he said.

He said he was told that the sheriff's office picked them up and rescued them.

The Carr Fire, the deadliest and most destructive of almost 90 wildfires burning from Texas to OR, has charred 89,194 acres (36,095 hectares) of drought-parched vegetation since erupting last Monday. Two belonged to the crews fighting the fire.

The devastation astounded Shasta County Supervisor Leonard Moty, who represents much of the area that burned. "I've been a lifelong resident of this community". "As this fire was just exploding, it's just been inching closer and closer and closer to the station to the point where there was a neighborhood up in flames just about a mile away from the station, just across from the Sacramento River", Damante said during an interview on "Good Morning America" early Friday.

While her parents grabbed photos and corralled their dogs, the 16-year-old scooped up her phone, an outfit and a new pair of sneakers she bought while back-to-school shopping.

Woodley said Bledsoe did everything she could to save the children.

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"It's just unbelievable knowing you don't have a house to go to", said Anna Noland, whose home was destroyed in the blaze.

However, experts say this has been the worst start to the fire season in 10 years - partly due to the 2012-2017 drought that killed off large amounts of vegetation.

More than 3,000 fire personnel are battling the flames with more than 300 engines and 17 helicopters, Cal Fire reported. They had consumed 39 square miles (101 square kilometers) and were each 5 percent contained. A member of the Redding Fire Department was also reported killed on Friday.

"This fire was whipped up into a whirlwind of activity" by gale-force winds, he said, "uprooting trees, moving vehicles, moving parts of roadways".

Firefighters also faced hard weather on Sunday with hot and dry conditions offering no relief to the efforts to contain the fire.

Five people are now dead, as the Carr fire continues to rage in Northern California.

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said one more person had died in a house lost to the fire, bringing the total number of casualties to six. He said the latest victim had not complied with an evacuation order.

Firefighters tried in vain to build containment around the blaze Thursday, but flames kept jumping their lines, he said.

The Ferguson fire has left seven others injured.

Yosemite Valley remained closed to visitors and will not reopen until Friday.

Five people have been killed, including a woman and her two great-grandchildren.

Officials say at least 500 structures were destroyed by the Carr Fire, which also swept through the historic Gold Rush town of Shasta and hit homes in Redding, a city of 92,000 about 100 miles south of the OR border.

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