Deadly California wildfire burns structures and claims lives

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California wildfire
California wildfire

The deadly California wildfire continues to burn regardless of what lies in its path. The Carr fire was first reported on July 23rd at Highway 299 and Carr Powerhouse Road in the Whiskeytown district, California. The spark created by the mechanical failure of a vehicle is found to be the reason behind this massive destruction.

Thousands of people have been evacuated in Redding, summit city and French Gulch due to which some portions of Highway 299 have been closed. As of 29th July, the wildfire has burned 95,368 acres of land, destroyed 874 buildings, claimed the lives of two firefighters, a bulldozer operator, and a grandmother and her grandchildren. Over 5000 structures still face a threat. Three firefighters of Marin County were burned on their ears, hands and face by a sudden fire blast during the rescue operation.

California wildfire, A firefighter battling the Carr fire in Redding, California.
A firefighter battling the Carr fire in Redding, California. Image courtesy CNN 

A state of emergency has been declared in Shasta County and other regions where the state had witnessed the deadly devastation caused by this wildfire. The National Weather Service raised a red flag warning due to the dangerous environment contributed by the extreme nature of the fire.

The fierce blaze continues to grow with the help of high temperature, shifting winds, dry fuel, steep drainages and dead vegetations which makes the situation worse for battling firefighters. Southern California is facing heat waves and the temperature has risen up to triple digits.

Police are patrolling the neighbourhood due to the risk of looters who want to take the advantage of the unfortunate situation. Some of the abandoned residences in Redding were looted according to reports, and some arrests have been made. The extremely hot and smoky atmosphere is making it hard for helicopters trying to drop water on the wildfire.

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