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Incredible video from C-130 cockpit dropping retardant on Carr Fire

Incredible video from C-130 cockpit dropping retardant on Carr Fire

The fire, in the Shasta County in northern California, has killed six people so far, including two children and their great-grandmother.

He said seven others are still missing in the Carr Fire near Redding, a city of 90,000 about 370 kilometers northeast of San Francisco.

A total of 38,000 people have been evacuated from Shasta County.

The fatalities included two firefighters and a woman and her two great-grandchildren.

Local media identified the victims as Melody Bledsoe and the children, Emily Roberts and James Roberts, nicknamed "Junior". "Grandma did everything she could to save them", Bledsoe's granddaughter, Amanda Woodley, wrote in a Facebook post after Shasta County Sheriff's officials confirmed the deaths to relatives.

"My wife wrapped them up in wet blankets and got over the top of them", Bledsoe said.

The children's mother, Sherry Bledsoe, was quoted by the Sacramento Bee as saying: "My kids are deceased". When they are allowed back, officials said they will return in phases.

A pair of wildfires that prompted evacuation orders for 15,000 people barrelled Monday toward small lake towns in Northern California, and authorities faced questions about how quickly they warned residents about the largest and deadliest blaze burning in the state.

Almost 1,000 buildings have been destroyed by the 99,000-acre (155 square mile) blaze, Cal Fire said.

It started last week as the result of a vehicle mechanical failure, authorities said. Firefighters had been making progress containing it until Thursday night, when it doubled in size. "We are feeling a lot more optimistic today as we are starting to gain some ground rather than being in a defensive mode on this fire all the time", said Bret Gouvea, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's incident commander at Redding.

"These are extreme conditions. we need to take heed and evacuate, evacuate, evacuate". "We are simply not getting a break".

On Monday, some neighbors were allowed to return to see what might be left of their homes, but many, like the Spliethof family, won't come home to anything.

It is the largest fire burning in California, threatening more than 5,000 structures.

On Saturday, President Trump issued a federal emergency declaration for California.

The fire broke out on July 23, 2018, which forced tens of thousands of people to flee from their homes.

The nearby community of Keswick, with a population of about 450, was reduced to cinders. Each fire is just 5% contained, according to Santa Rosa, Calif. newspaper The Press Democrat.

"Nothing, absolutely not a word", he told CBS News, adding: "If I'd had any kind of warning, I'd have never ever left my family in that house".

Bledsoe said he originally thought his family had been picked up and rescued by the sheriff's department. It said the elderly couple had been caring for the great-grandchildren for years in their rental home. So far this year, wildfires have scorched nearly 4.3 million acres (1.7 million hectares) across the country, less than last year but still more than the 3.7 million-acre (1.5 million-hectare) average for the same period over the last decade.

Craig Shoemaker, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service's Sacramento office, said temperatures right over the fire are expected to reach highs of up to 105 degrees Monday, a few degrees cooler than it would have been without thick smoke acting as a cloud cover.


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