California wildfire kills 2, burns firefighters

California wildfire'Terrifying tornados of flame burn city 2 dead

California wildfire'Terrifying tornados of flame burn city 2 dead

A burning home is reflected by a pool in Redding, California, on Friday, July 27.

The state of California is dealing with several wildfires that have consumed buildings and forced evacuations.

Some 1,750 firefighters are battling the blaze, Cal Fire said.

Mike Mangas, a spokesman at Mercy Medical Center, said the hospital was evacuating five babies in its neonatal intensive care unit, which cares for premature newborns, and taking them to medical facilities outside of the area. The fire burned over the operator and his equipment, making him the second bulldozer operator killed in a California blaze in less than two weeks.

CalFire reported 65 structures destroyed by the blaze, but McLean called that tally a "placeholder" figure that would grow significantly, with the number of homes lost likely to run into "the hundreds" as the scope of devastation was fully assessed.

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Roads out of the city, about 150 miles (240 km) north of Sacramento, were jammed overnight with motorists trying to escape the flames, social media postings showed.

In addition to the Mother Lode's Ferguson Fire, Shasta County's Carr Fire, now at 44,450 acres and three percent contained, has turned deadly.

Cars scorched by the Carr Fire rest at a residence in Redding Calif. on Friday
Cars scorched by the Carr Fire rest at a residence in Redding Calif. on Friday

The fire erupted Thursday night near Redding and swiftly moved into the west side of the city after jumping over the Sacramento River.

Two other firefighters - a bulldozer operator and a city of Redding fireman - have been killed fighting the Carr Fire over the last 24 hours.

"Right now, we are being evacuated", anchor Allison Woods said during Thursday night's broadcast. The staff at KRCR had to evacuate their Redding station while providing live coverage of the flames.

"I don't think we can predict which way this fire's going to go, and that's why I didn't take any chances", Ing said.

A wildfire in a rural northern region of California has tripled in size overnight and more evacuations have been ordered.

The fire agency warned that these conditions included forecasts calling for high temperatures and ongoing dry weather. He said the man's body was found late Thursday. Fifteen structures were destroyed as of Friday morning.

Brandon N. McGlover, 32, of Temecula was detained Wednesday and is facing five counts of arson to wildland, the Riverside County Fire Department and Cal Fire said.

This year so far, nearly 1.6 million hectares have been blackened by wildfires, above a 10-year average of 1.5 million hectares over the same period, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

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