Redding Carr Fire

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Second Firefighter Dies In Carr Fire

Thousands Flee Homes In Redding

KCBS Radio Morning News
July 27, 2018 - 6:15 am

REDDING (KCBS Radio) -- Widespread evacuations were ordered as the deadly Carr Fire leaped the Sacramento River and burned into subdivisions on the west side of Redding.

The fire is now blamed for the deaths of two fireighters. On Friday morning, CalFire confirmed the death of a City of Redding firefighter but gave no further details. The fire had already been blamed for the death of  a bulldozer operator working on contract. Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean said the man’s body was found late Thursday.

KPIX5 reporter Joe Vazquez watched Friday morning as the flames consumed homes in the Lake Redding Estates subdivision.  In his predawn conversation with KCBS Radio morning anchors Stan Bunger and Susan Leigh Taylor, Vazquez said, "You don't see any firefighters pouring water on houses right now because they are in lifesaving mode."

CalFire issued a series of evacuation orders late Thursday as the flames advanced on Redding. Taken together, the orders required about half of the population of Redding to flee. On Friday morning, the agency confirmed that the evacuation orders included the neighboring city of Shasta Lake.


The Carr Fire began Monday near Whiskeytown Lake, west of Redding, and then exploded in size late Thursday, growing by 13,000 acres in a matter of about three hours. A Friday morning update (6:33 am) put the fire at 44,450 aacres in size and CalFire reported it was 3% contained.

The fire struck Redding at the end of a day that saw the city reach a record high temperature for the date at 113 degrees. Strong winds fanned the flames and firefighters reported the blaze was creating its own weather, spawning what are known as "firenadoes". The Friday forecast calls for more scorching weather with an expected afternoon high above 110 degrees.