Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Grandmother, 2 children killed in United States fire

Grandmother, 2 children killed in United States fire

To the northeast, a massive fire near Redding slowed for the first time since days of explosive growth.

CalFire Director Ken Pimlott described the fire activity at a news conference on Friday as nearly like a "tornado".

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said he expects to find several of those people alive and just out of touch with loved ones.

Bonnie and Jerry Kieffaber grabbed most of their medications when they left their home in Redding on Thursday, but they forgot his insulin.

A firefighter watches flames advance up a hill towards homes as crews battle the Carr Fire, west of Redding, California, U.S. July 27, 2018. The flames destroyed 517 structures and damaged 135. A count by The Associated Press found at least 300 of those structures were homes. The San Bernardino County Fire Department was called in to tamp down smoking piles of debris that were scattered amid downed electricity lines.

Police said Fannin admitted to officers that he and Ball had entered three residences starting Saturday "looking for water" the release said. "I didn't know if the fire was just going to jump out behind a bush and grab me and suck me in".

Authorities have ordered many evacuations and closed dozens of roadways due to the fire.

The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco is also checking the situation of Filipinos in Redding and surrounding areas to determine whether any of them has been affected by the so-called Carr Fire.

Hotter weather attributed to climate change is drying out vegetation, creating more intense fires that spread quickly from rural areas to city subdivisions, climate and fire experts say.

He took hundreds of photos, recorded video and texted his wife. "It's completely's the craziest thing you have ever seen".

"It is what it is", he sighed, and then hiked off.

Keswick, a mountain town of about 450 people, was reduced to an ashy moonscape of blackened trees and smouldering rubble.

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

Liz Williams loaded up two kids in her vehicle and then found herself locked in bumper-to-bumper traffic with neighbors trying to retreat from Lake Redding Estates.

"My babies are dead", Sherry Bledsoe said through tears after she and family members met Saturday with sheriff's deputies.

Crews attacking the Carr fire in and around Redding said they had located another body - the fourth civilian to perish in that blaze.

Firefighters endured hot temperatures and remained wary of the possibility of gusty winds, said Anthony Romero, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

At the Carr Fire in Redding, firefighters are working around the clock to prevent further destruction and loss of life. "High temperatures and we're getting a lot of evening and late afternoon winds".

"Extreme fire conditions continue to challenge firefighters last night", Cal Fire said. "I was trying to get to them, I was trying to get to the fire". Earlier Saturday, a California family confirmed two young children and their great grandmother died from the fire.

Officials said police were responding to looting incidents in evacuated neighbourhoods.

Cal Fire said the Cranston Fire, about 110 miles (177 km) east of Los Angeles had blackened 12,300 acres and was 16 percent contained. About 5,000 other buildings were threatened, fire officials said.

Fire officials warned that the blaze would probably burn deeper into urban areas before there was any hope of containing it.

Another firefighter hired as a contractor, was also killed fighting the fire.

Hughes had worked with the Arrowhead hotshots for four years. At least seven other firefighters have been injured since that blaze broke out July 13. As of Saturday afternoon, those fires had burned almost 100 square miles (260 square kilometers).

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