Suspected of Looting Homes Evacuated During Carr Fire

US Forest Service firefighters clear brush to protect a house from the Carr Fire near Igo

US Forest Service firefighters clear brush to protect a house from the Carr Fire near Igo

Despite the improved mood, a sixth person was killed in the fire, according to Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko.

Firefighters in Northern California are getting a better handle on the deadly Carr Fire, but they still have a long way to go, authorities said Monday.

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.

Bledsoe's husband, Ed, who had the couple's only auto, had gone to buy supplies before any evacuation order was issued, family members said. He said one of the children told him the blaze was at the back door. When he tried to return, the road was blocked with cars, and flames prevented him from returning on foot. The sheriff cited evidence that door-to-door notifications were made in the area.

More than 38,000 people remained under evacuation orders on Sunday in and around Redding, a city of 90,000 people about 160 miles (257 km) north of the state capital Sacramento.

Bethel Church has asked people to pray that the winds die down, for the smoke to lift for planes to be able to provide air coverage, for no more loss of life and for peace, safety and wisdom for firefighters and first responders. The fires had blackened 87 square miles, with minimal containment.

Six people have died so far in the wildfire, which started a week ago and took a surprising turn into the city of Redding late last week.

Almost 1,000 structures, including 723 homes, have been destroyed and almost 200 other structures have been damaged, Cal Fire said in a Monday morning report.

At least seven people were still missing in Shasta County, California, as shifting winds, dry fuel and steep terrain helped the monstrous fire engulf nearly 100,000 acres by Sunday night, authorities said. The victim's identity was not released.

Seven other people are reported missing, Sheriff Bosenko said, adding that 600 National Guard soldiers had been deployed for support duties such as roadblocks.

Scarred hills remain after the Carr Fire west of Redding
Scarred hills remain after the Carr Fire west of Redding

The sun sets over hills burned by the Carr Fire west of Redding, Calif., on July 28, 2018. On Thursday, it swept through the historic Gold Rush town of Shasta and nearby Keswick fueled by gusty winds and dry vegetation. It then jumped the Sacramento River and took out subdivisions on the western edge of Redding.

The fire was one of more than a dozen raging across California.

A man accused of setting several fires in Riverside County, including the Cranston Fire, was arrested last Wednesday, authorities said. "Still out watching over the ones still standing".

Donna and Billy Gill were forced by the fire to flee their Redding home and did not know when they'd be allowed to return.

"That just shows that she did everything she could 'til the very end", Decker said.

The fire began Monday when a vehicle suffered mechanical failure, officials said.

"There's not even anything to pick up", he said. A heavy haze hung low over the water, where some of the docked boats had melted.

About 12,000 firefighters were battling 17 significant fires Sunday in California, she said.

"We have seen really extremely explosive fire behavior on this particular fire, but it's not unique any more to what we are seeing on fires in California", Cal Fire's Anthony said.

"Hughes was with the Arrowhead [Interagency] Hotshots for four years and will be dearly missed by everyone at the parks", the statement read. Earlier this month, firefighter Braden Varney was killed when the bulldozer he was operating overturned while he was fighting the flames near the national park.

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