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Destructive ‘Carr Fire’ Rips Through Shasta County

Wind-whipped flames and embers spilled onto a road in Northern California overnight as the fast-moving wildfire raged on.

Posted: Jul 27, 2018 6:20 AM
Updated: Jul 27, 2018 6:29 AM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - Wind-whipped flames and embers spilled onto a road in Northern California overnight as the fast-moving wildfire raged on.

"Oh my god, everybody's panicking and going crazy and everybody's just trying to leave."

The deadly “Carr Fire” has already torn through at least two communities destroying dozens of homes and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate.

"We’re here to confirm that we had a private dozer operator fatality. The operator was working on an active section of the Carr Fire," said Chief Brett Gouvea.

Fire officials say the blaze is being fueled by high temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions. It was able to destroy dozens of boats at a marina.

"This fire is extremely dangerous and moving with no regard for what's in its path," Gouvea said.

"We’re going to leave the station because it's now unsafe to be here."

A local TV news crew in Redding was also evacuated while on the air.

Residents caused miles-long traffic jams while trying to flee.

State Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in the area as firefighters work to contain the flames.

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Los Angeles2585166330
Riverside566811153
San Bernardino51750858
Orange516461123
San Diego44007757
Kern31148340
Fresno27487355
Sacramento21171375
Alameda20364370
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Stanislaus16229329
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Monterey933765
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Kings715877
Sonoma6987114
Marin6522112
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Madera429658
Placer340741
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Yolo273253
Butte272033
Santa Cruz21758
Sutter163110
Napa159213
San Benito127211
Yuba11127
El Dorado10584
Mendocino82218
Lassen7310
Shasta66814
Glenn5483
Nevada5035
Colusa5026
Tehama4874
Humboldt4826
Lake43310
Calaveras30513
Amador28616
Tuolumne2204
Inyo18714
Mono1632
Siskiyou1600
Del Norte1351
Mariposa752
Plumas490
Modoc230
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Scattered Clouds
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Oroville
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Paradise
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Chester
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Red Bluff
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Willows
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