Two killed fighting Carr Fire in Redding, thousands of residents evacuate

An air tanker drops retardant while battling the Ferguson fire on July 21 in Stanislaus National Forest near Yosemite Nation

Two killed fighting Carr Fire in Redding, thousands of residents evacuate

"'The boat docks down there - all the way out in the water - 30 to 40 boats caught fire when the fire laid down on top of them last night and burned those up'".

At least three other firefighters have been injured, but the extent of their injuries is unknown, McLean said. That blaze killed 36-year-old Braden Varney, a heavy equipment operator for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection whose bulldozer rolled over into a ravine July 14. The victim was a dozer operator, who has not been identified yet pending family notification.

The declarations issued Thursday state that hot temperatures, erratic wind and low humidity have increased the spread of both fires.

He said many people in Redding didn't seem prepared for the blaze to reach their city.

"This fire is extremely unsafe and is moving with no regard to what's on its path", Cal Fire Incident Commander Chief Brett Gouvea told reporters.

Smoke from the Cranston Fire is shown on July 26 from east of Lake Hemet in Riverside County California
Handout. Reuters Smoke from the Cranston Fire is shown on July 26 from east of Lake Hemet in Riverside County California

Flames have consumed trees, houses and historic buildings in Shasta County for days and temporarily closed traffic along Highway 299.

"We're just going to chill out and sleep and pray that we've got a place to go home to", area resident Joey Silva told the Sacramento Bee as he waited in the Shasta College parking lot.

"You go there and expect the fresh air and it was the total opposite of that", she said Thursday.

Redding hospital has been evacuated - with at least five infants being rushed out and some babies being airlifted to hospitals in Sacramento.

Campgrounds in Idyllwild were also under evacuation orders, including Idyllwild Arts, Camp Maranatha, Idyllwild Pines, AstroCamp, Camp Emerson and Tahquitz Pines, according to the volunteer organization Mountain Disaster Preparedness, which runs the website idyllwildemergency.com.

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Authorities ordered residents to leave Idyllwild and several neighboring communities, home to about 12,000 people.

He said the hospital was preparing high-risk patients to be evacuated but there were no immediate plans to do so.

It was the second firefighter killed battling the blaze.

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.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Shasta County on Thursday morning, the California Office of Emergency Services said.

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Brandon N. McGlover, 32, of Temecula was detained Wednesday and is facing five counts of arson to wildland, the Riverside County Fire Department and Cal Fire said.

The fire grew 15,000 aces overnight from Wednesday to Thursday, and by evening took on another 8,000 acres. One of the fires he allegedly started is the Cranston Fire on the San Bernardino National Forest. In a matter of hours it grew to 7.5 square miles.

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

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