California wildfire kills 1, burns firefighters

27 July, 2018, 23:44 | Author: Kristen Mcgee
  • Firefighters regroup while battling the Carr Fire in Shasta Calif. on Thursday

A man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of setting multiple fires in southwest Riverside County, including one that has burned 4,700 acres in the Idyllwild area, according to officials.

According to our reporter Cecile Juliette, Action News Now received word from Cal Fire that the City of Shasta Lake was indeed under a mandatory evacuation after SHASCOM said they were not. The fire has destroyed at least 15 structures so far, however, that number is expected to rise significantly, Scott McLean, spokesman for Cal Fire, told CNN. By Friday morning, it had more than doubled in size, spreading across an area the size of the District of Columbia.

Officers from the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force located and detained Mr. McGlover after CAL FIRE investigators developed a suspect description and issued a crime bulletin to other local law enforcement agencies.

"A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior", the Weather Service said. Braden Varney, 36, a heavy fire equipment operator, was killed while batting another blaze near Yosemite National Park.

Two weeks ago, a firefighter died fighting the Ferguson Fire east of San Francisco when a bulldozer overturned.

An explosive wildfire in Northern California has burned dozens of homes, injured firefighters and civilians, and reached the city of Redding.

Brett Gouvea, incident commander of the crews battling the fire, urged residents to pay close attention to the blaze. Thousands of homes have been evacuated on the western edge of Redding, which has a population of about 90,000.

He says the fire is "taking everything down in its path". "We ask everyone to heed evacuation orders and leave promptly".

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'Right now they're doing what they can, they're trying to make a stand where they can, if possible, ' McLean said.

"It's terrifying. You know you're frightened a little bit because you don't know if you're going to come back to your house and the town is going to be different", she told KRCR-TV. "It doesn't sound good".

RESPONDING: 500 personnel on fire.

Smoke from the Cranston Fire is shown from east of Lake Hemet in Riverside County, California, U.S., July 26, 2018.

"The boat docks down there - all the way out in the water - 30 to 40 boats caught fire when the fire laid down on top of them last night and burned those up", said fire Chief Mike Hebrard of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) declared a state of emergency in Shasta County, warning that Carr fire "continues to threaten critical infrastructure" and saying that "high temperatures, low humidity, and erratic winds have further increased the spread of this fire". The state is battling ferocious fires at both ends of the state.

By 8:45 p.m., the fire had grown to 4,700 acres, according to the San Bernardino National Forest.

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