California Wildfire Surges Into City of Redding, Population 92000

Carla Bledsoe facing camera hugs her sister Sherry outside of the sheriff's office after hearing news that Sherri's children James 4 and Emily 5 and grandmother were killed in a wildfire Saturday

Carla Bledsoe facing camera hugs her sister Sherry outside of the sheriff's office after hearing news that Sherri's children James 4 and Emily 5 and grandmother were killed in a wildfire Saturday

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said Sunday that the remains were found within the boundary of the Carr Fire near Redding, about 230 miles (370 kilometers) north of San Francisco.

Another person was found dead after a fire consumed a house, Bosenko said Sunday.

Redding police Sergeant Todd Cogle said some of those reported missing may have fled their homes without cellphones and be safe in evacuation centers or out of the area.

The fire has also claimed the lives of two firefighters and two children and their great-grandmother.

Eight-one-year-old Don Ray Smith was a bulldozer operator who was helping clear vegetation in the path of the wildfire when he died.

A private bulldozer operator on the fire line and a Redding firefighter were killed in the conflagration.

The newspaper said family members identified the dead as 70-year-old Melody Bledsoe, and her two great-grandchildren, James Roberts, 4, and Emily Roberts, 5.

Bledsoe rushed home, but was turned back by police because the fire was raging.

With the deaths of Bledsoe and the two young children, the number of people killed in the Carr Fire climbed to five.

The latest official update about the blaze includes a sobering admission by fire authorities.

"I don't know why it's doing what it's doing, " Cal Fire Chief Steve Crawford said.

Burned vehicles are seen in front of a wildfire-ravaged home, Sunday, July 29, 2018, in Redding, California.

California fire officials say wildfires around the state have forced roughly 50,000 people from their homes.

Fire officials said high temperatures, and large amounts of dried brush are stoking the flames and causing massive amounts of smoke, making containment efforts hard.

Around 12,000 firefighters battled Sunday to contain wildfires in California that have killed six people - but authorities warned "erratic" winds and dry conditions have caused the flames to grow and spread.

CORRECTS SPELLING TO SHERRY NOT SHERRI-Sherry Bledsoe left cries next to her sister Carla outside of the sheriff's office after hearing news that Sherry's children James and Emily and grandmother Melody Bledsoe were killed in a wildfire
2 Children, Great-grandmother Die in California Wildfire

Between Friday night and Saturday morning, the fire doubled in size.

Although well above average for the same period over the past decade, it is down from 5.27 million acres (2.13 million hectares) in the first seven months of 2017.

The fire also reportedly burned structures in Shasta, located 10 miles west of Redding, and in Keswick.

On Friday the fire was just 3 percent contained as ground crews, helicopters and airplanes battled the flames for a fifth day.

More than 4,000 structures were threatened by the fire, officials said.

The Carr Fire, which has destroyed more than 500 buildings, is the deadliest and most destructive of almost 90 wildfires burning from Texas to Oregon. "We are seeing fire whirls - literally what can be described as a tornado", California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) chief Ken Pimlott told media.

They say the blazes are threatening more than 350 buildings.

The flames erupted into a firestorm on Thursday when they jumped across the Sacramento River and swept into the western side of Redding, about 240km north of Sacramento.

A fast-moving wildfire in Northern California that has killed two people nearly doubled in size overnight, officials said Saturday.

A woman and her two great-grandchildren who had been missing since Thursday died in Northern California's deadly Carr Fire, according to their relatives.

Greg and Terri Hill evacuated their Redding home of 18 years Thursday night with little more than their medications, photo albums, clothes and firearms, assuming they'd be back home in a few days.

Anna Noland, 49, was evacuated twice in three days before learning through video footage that her house had burned.

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

On Saturday, it pushed southwest of Redding, the largest city in the region, toward the tiny communities of Ono, Igo and Gas Point, where scorching heat, winds and bone-dry conditions complicated firefighting efforts.

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