One killed, residents flee city of 90,000 as wildfire nears

Fueled by high temperatures wind and low humidity the blaze destroyed multiple homes and at least one historic building

Fueled by high temperatures wind and low humidity the blaze destroyed multiple homes and at least one historic building

Two other firefighters - a bulldozer operator and a city of Redding fireman - have been killed fighting the Carr Fire over the last 24 hours.

The mechanical failure of a vehicle is believed to have ignited the blaze, fire officials said. No other details were provided. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the two firefighters that lost their lives yesterday battling the same fire" said Weber.

A wildfire in the San Jacinto Mountains of Southern California has grown to 18 square miles (46 square kilometers). The blaze was just 3 percent contained as ground crews, water-dropping helicopters and airplane tankers battled the flames for a fifth day.

You can also make donations to the Red Cross, which is helping fire evacuees, by clicking here, calling 800-RED-CROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. At least 15 buildings were destroyed in the blaze, with 500 more under threat.

A huge forest fire continued to grow outside Yosemite National Park.

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

Roads out of the city of 90,000 people were jammed with motorists trying to escape the flames, social media postings showed.

Huston says officials are moving emergency supplies including cots and food to four shelters set up in Shasta County. Another shelter has been set up at an elementary school.

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KRCR, a Redding, California, TV station and CNN affiliate, interrupted it's newscast and evacuated its facility Thursday night as the fire approached their studio.

The Carr Fire continues its destruction in Northern California and a local news station found themselves right in the middle of it. The Ferguson Fire, which forced officials to close the Yosemite Valley through at least the weekend, had burned across more than 45,000 acres and was 29 percent contained as of Friday morning.

More than 3,000 firefighters have been deployed to contain the flames, and the destruction is expected to worsen throughout the weekend as high temperatures and dry conditions inhibit efforts.

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

The area around the bridge was one of the locations evacuated due to the fire.

A fast moving fire in northern California jumped the Sacramento River, sending residents in the city of Redding fleeing ahead of the flames late Thursday in one of several wildfires sweeping through the state.

Residents in the western part of Redding who had not been under evacuation orders were caught off guard and had to flee with little notice. "Wildfires are getting more erratic".

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