Thousands Flee New California After Deadly Wildfire

Flames engulf trees near a road during the Carr fire in Redding, California on July 27, 2018. Two firefighters have died and more than 100 homes have burned as wind-whipped flames tore through the region.<br /> JOSH EDELSON / AFP
Flames engulf trees near a road during the Carr fire in Redding, California on July 27, 2018. PHOTO: JOSH EDELSON / AFP

 

Thousands of people in Southern California had fled the southeast of Los Angeles by Saturday morning after a deadly wildfire.

Two firefighters have died and more than 100 homes have burned as wind-whipped flames tore through the region.

The Northern California Carr Fire is among the most serious of several blazes burning in the most populous US state.

More than 1,300 firefighters were battling the fast-moving Cranston Fire, which began on Wednesday and forced the evacuation of about 7,000 people, the US Forest Service said.

It added that the hazards created by Cranston and another fire have caused the temporary closure of all US Forest Service lands within the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.

 

The Carr Fire outside Redding swept across a river late Thursday and engulfed the western part of the city of 90,000 people, said Bret Gouvea, a Cal Fire commander.

Scott McLean, a spokesman for the department, said law enforcement colleagues were “doing evacuations as fast as we can” because the fire was moving so fast.

“There have been some injuries to civilians and firefighters,” he said.

“Continued hot dry weather is forecasted for the remainder of the weekend with triple-digit temperatures,” Cal Fire said on its website.

“The winds, high temperatures and dry vegetation still have the potential to fuel fire growth.”

Last year was the worst on record for wildfire devastation in California, with more than 40 deaths and around 9,000 structures destroyed, following fires that ravaged the Napa and Sonoma wine regions.

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Death Toll From California Mudslides Rises To 18

Search and rescue team workers walk past a demolished property in Montecito, California on January 12, 2018. Heavy rains on January 9 sent rivers of waist-high mud and debris flowing from the hills into Montecito and other towns in Santa Barbara County northwest of Los Angeles, which are still recovering from last month’s ferocious wildfires. PHOTO: FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP

Authorities in southern California said Friday they had discovered the body of an elderly man killed by mudslides that battered the region earlier this week, lifting the overall death toll to 18.

The 87-year-old man was “located by a search and rescue team in his residence,” said Bill Brown, the sheriff of Santa Barbara county.

Rescuers are continuing their search operations, with the missing now numbering seven, including a two-year-old girl, according to the Santa Barbara sheriff’s office.

Heavy rain on Tuesday, which followed 10 months of drought, sent sticky mud and debris flowing from the hills into Montecito.

In addition to the dead and injured, 65 houses have been destroyed while another 462 sustained damage.

Terrifying wildfires forced people to evacuate in December, and the mudslides struck just two weeks after they returned.

The fires burned most vegetation, leaving perfect conditions for the latest disaster to unfold.

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California Wildfires: Ferocious Fires Evict Thousands

fireAn evacuation order has been issued for an area home to more than 82,000 people in Southern California after a huge inferno broke out in a drought-ravaged mountain pass on Tuesday.

A day after its ignition in the mountains, the fire, which has been described by some as the most ferocious wildfire they have ever seen, had spread across nearly 47 square miles.

Officials say the flames have advanced and is out of control, despite the efforts of 1,300 firefighters.

“There will be a lot of families that come home to nothing,” San Bernardino County Fire Chief, Mark Hartwig told BBC.

“It hit hard. It hit fast. It hit with an intensity that we hadn’t seen before,” he added.

According to Reuters, two firefighters were trapped by flames in the effort to evacuate residents and defend homes, but managed to escape with only minor injuries.

Authorities have been unable to say how many homes have been destroyed, but some fear it will be in the hundreds.

Investigations are still ongoing on the cause of the fire, as it has destroyed homes and disrupted transport links between California and Nevada.