Associated Press

Eight Fatalities in Carr Fire

August 10, 2018 - 11:20 am

REDDING, Calif. (AP/KNX 1070) — Fire commanders have just updated the latest on tackling the massive Carr wildfire in northern California.

The fire, which exploded into Redding, has killed eight people and has grown to 181,496 acres with 51 percent containment. More than 4,000 fire personnel are on the scene. About 528 structures are threatened, according to Cal Fire while 1,077 residences, 22 commercial structures and 500 outbuildings have been destroyed. 

Cal Fire said the family of Cal Fire Heavy Equipment Mechanic, Andrew Brake, requests privacy at this time. On August 9, Brake was killed in a car accident on Highway 99 when assigned to the Carr Fire.

Other victims include a woman and her two great-grandchildren. Ms. Bledsoe and the great-grandchildren, James Roberts, 5, and Emily Roberts, 4, stayed inside their home as the fire approached, Donald Kewley, the boyfriend of one of the Bledsoes’ granddaughters, told the New York Times

The Shasta County sheriff, Tom Bosenko, told the Times the three may have been trapped in the home after the walls and roof collapsed during the blaze.

GoFundMe page has been set up to benefit the family. 

Crews also found the body of the bulldozer operator who had been hired privately to clear vegetation in the blaze's path. He was the second bulldozer operator killed in a California blaze in less than two weeks.

"It's just chaotic. It's wild," Scott McLean, a CalFire spokesman, said. "There's a lot of fire, a lot of structures burning."

Firefighters tried in vain to build containment around the blaze Thursday, but flames kept jumping their lines, he said.

Brett Gouvea, incident commander of the crews battling the fire, urged residents to pay close attention to the blaze, which he said was "moving with no regard for what's in its path."

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