California wildfire kills 1, burns firefighters

California wildfire kills 1, burns firefighters

California wildfire kills 1, burns firefighters

Flames that turned the sky orange swept through the communities of Shasta and Keswick before jumping the Sacramento River on Thursday and reaching Redding, a city of about 92,000 people and the largest in the region.

At least three other firefighters have been injured but the extent of their injuries is unknown, Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean said.

But officials with the park said that Yosemite wasn't in imminent danger.

CBS affiliate KFMB-TV reported that the Riverside Sheriff's station was conducting evacuations of Idyllwild, the Apple Canyon area, the Lake Hemet area, Mountain Center Community, the Hurkey Creek area and Camp Scherman Girl Scout Camp, among other areas.

Official say a firefighter has been killed by a massive Northern California wildfire, raising the death toll to 2. The fire has officially destroyed 65 buildings.

Brandon N. McGlover, 32, was detained on suspicion of five counts of arson, according to NBC Los Angeles.

The wildfires have dispatched firefighters to all corners of the state amid an oppressive heat wave.

A bulldozer operator on the fire lines was killed and three firefighters suffered burns. The "mechanical failure of a vehicle" ignited the blaze in Whiskeytown Monday, officials said.

It was burning in and around San Bernardino National Forest, forcing officials to order evacuations for Idyllwild and surrounding communities, which are home to about 12,000 residents. Residents located west of Trinity Mountain Road use evacuation center located at Weaverville Elementary School 31020 HWY 3 in Weaverville.


46 people died in the fire and over 11,000 homes were destroyed, last year.

You can also make donations to the Red Cross, which is helping fire evacuees, by clicking here, calling 800-RED-CROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The closure was heartbreaking for travelers who mapped out trips months in advance to hike and climb amid the spectacular views of cascading waterfalls and sheer rock faces.

A wildfire in the San Jacinto Mountains of Southern California has grown to 18 square miles (46 square kilometers). Thousands of homes have been evacuated on the western edge of Redding, which has a population of about 90,000.

"We had one guest who planned a weeklong trip", said Tom Lambert, who owns a vacation rental property near Yosemite Valley.

The blaze, which is raging west of the park, has burned 45,911 acres and is 29% contained, Cal Fire said Friday morning.

More than 1,000 firefighters are battling that blaze, which has scorched 7,500 acres and is only 5% contained.

Martinez and his family had to cut their stay short as portions of Yosemite close today to allow crews to battle the Ferguson fire burning nearby.

Over almost two weeks, flames have churned through 60 square miles (155 square kilometers) of timber in steep terrain of the Sierra Nevada just west of the park.

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