'Terrifying' tornados of flame burn California city; 2 firefighters dead

'Terrifying' tornados of flame burn California city; 2 firefighters dead

'Terrifying' tornados of flame burn California city; 2 firefighters dead

Wildfires burning across California Two have been killed fighting the blaze: a firefighter and a bulldozer operator.

Thousands were forced from their homes, and more are expected to be evacuated Friday night.

Evacuations were ordered for areas around the city of Redding.

One bulldozer operator has been reported dead and three firefighters have been reported injured as of Friday morning.

One person was killed in a raging, out-of-control wildfire that sent residents racing to flee a northern California city on Friday as flames burned homes and businesses and knocked out power, fire officials said.

Meanwhile, in southern California, the Cranston fire has consumed 11,500 acres and is also only 3% contained.

"The river is reasonably wide in that location", Belongie added.

Cal Fire said the Carr Fire had grown early Friday to 44,450 acres and was just 3 percent contained.

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

Redding, a city of 92,000 near the OR border, is at grave risk from the Carr fire, which has so far killed two people. "Reports on KRCR-TV, the ABC affiliate in Redding, confirm parts of the city are without power in an effort to prevent electrical equipment from sparking more fires".

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Warm air further dries out the land and provides blazes with more fuel, though gusty winds are hugely important contributors - if not the most important factor.

"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.

On Thursday, she says a friend who lives about a mile away called her around 8 p.m.

An update at 8:10 a.m Friday from CAL FIRE included the information that the Carr Fire has destroyed 65 structures, but did not indicate whether any of them were residences.

"Right now we are being evacuated, that's why we are kind of closing out right now", said news anchor Allison Woods during a live broadcast.

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) declared a state of emergency in Shasta County, warning that Carr fire "continues to threaten critical infrastructure" and saying that "high temperatures, low humidity, and erratic winds have further increased the spread of this fire".

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.

Authorities arrested a Temecula man on suspicion of setting the fire.

The season has followed a particularly destructive and deadly fire year in the state -in 2017 almost 9,000 wildfires tore through 1.2m acres, taking down close to 11,000 structures.

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