California wildfires kill six

5 Killed Including 2 Children and Their Great Great Grandmother in California Wildfires

Firefighter dies on front linesJeremy Stoke, a fire inspector with the Redding Fire Department, died Thursday night, the Redding firefighters union said.

The victims identified by relatives on Facebook and in news media reports were James Roberts, 5, his sister Emily, 4, and their great grandmother, Melody Bledsoe, 70.

"Extreme fire conditions continue to challenge firefighters last night", Cal Fire said in a statement released on Sunday.

Bledsoe rushed home, but was turned back by police because the fire was raging.

Moore said property can be replaced, noting that the fire had also taken lives.

Two others have died. Triple-digit temperatures and dry vegetation are making it hard for crews to corral the blaze.

Fire officials warned that the blaze would probably burn deeper into urban areas before there was any hope of containing it, though it either changed direction or was stopped before it could burn into the core of the city. "I've never seen a fire with such destruction here in this area ever before", said Moty, appearing at a news conference with other public safety officials.

Looting became a problem several days ago as evacuations began, leading authorities to beef up patrols in neighborhoods, he said Sunday.

Firefighters are battling 17 wildfires across the state, which have consumed a combined 200,000 acres in terrain stretching from Southern California to the OR border, said Jonathan Cox, battalion chief and information officer with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Family members had been desperately looking for them since flames leveled the home where they were stranded on Thursday.

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Firefighters battling a huge wildfire in Northern California kept it from doing more damage to the city of Redding but three smaller communities were in danger as flames closed in and residents packed up to leave.

The Ranch Fire, which also started in Mendocino County on Friday, grew to 13,242 acres and was at 5 percent containment Sunday, Cal Fire said. It has burned 150 acres (61 hectares).

Almost 3,400 firefighters are battling the blaze from the ground and in the air, as officials have deployed 17 helicopters, 334 fire engines, 68 bulldozers, and 65 water tenders. Officials have ordered road closures and the evacuation of thousands of homes threatened by the Carr Fire. "We still have a lot of open line", said Anthony Romero, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. That was well above average for the same period over the past 10 years but down from 5.27 million acres (2.13 million hectares) in the first seven months of 2017, NIFC reported.

"There's not even anything to pick up", he said. The National Weather Service declared a red flag warning for high temperatures and winds and low humidity, effective until 8 AM Monday. It then jumped the Sacramento River and took out subdivisions on the western edge of Redding.

Noland was among the 38,000 people who evacuated after the so-called Carr Fire roared into the outskirts of Redding in Shasta County, leaving six people dead - two firefighters, a woman and her two great-grandchildren, and another body which remained unidentified by Sunday afternoon.

CalFire reported 500 structures destroyed by the blaze.

The blazes have killed four firefighters in California in a little more than two weeks after officials reported on Sunday the death of a firefighter battling a wildfire by Yosemite National Park.

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

Anna Noland, 49, was evacuated twice in three days before learning through video footage Saturday that the house she last saw under dark and windy skies had burned.

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