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Carr Fire Now 7th Most Destructive Blaze in California History

The Carr Fire near Redding has destroyed over 800 homes and is now the 7th most destructive fire in California history.

Posted: Jul 31, 2018 1:25 PM
Updated: Aug 29, 2019 2:30 PM

REDDING, Calif. (CBS) - Firefighters are still struggling to contain deadly wildfires across California.

The Carr Fire near Redding has destroyed over 800 homes and is now the 7th most destructive fire in California history.

Streets are quiet and mostly deserted in fire-ravaged Redding neighborhoods.

Some evacuees have been allowed back home but mainly in places that the fire never reached.

“We need to decide that it is safe for them. Utilities have taken care of, hazards removed from the area that fire apparatus are off the street,” said Mary Eldridge, Cal Fire PIO of Shasta-Trinity Unit.

Throughout Redding, residents have posted signs expressing thanks and support for fire crews.

More than 12,000 firefighters from almost a dozen states continue to battle the monster blaze that’s charred an area larger than the city of Denver.

The fire is now heading away from heavily populated towns.

With many people still evacuated here in Redding, police are beefing up their patrols.

At least five suspects are have been arrested for looting and several others for illegally entering evacuated areas.

The Carr Fire has surpassed the 2017 Thomas Fire which burned in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties and which left 1,063 structures destroyed and one person dead. 

To see a list of the most destructive fires listed by Cal Fire, CLICK HERE

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