Suspected of Looting Homes Evacuated During Carr Fire

Great-grandmother and kids killed in California wildfires

The death toll climbed to six, and authorities anxious that another forecast for high winds could fan the flames even further.

South Australian Country Fire Service spokesman Brett Williamson said the most suitable firefighters to come forward in South Australia so far had experience fighting fires in areas with rough terrain and forests.

"Right now, it's going everywhere". "Rather than being in the defensive mode on the fire all the time, we're starting to make some good process out there", he said. "Any event could bring this back up again". She planned to stay at a shelter at Simpson College in Redding while searching for another place to live.

On Saturday, Redding police said they were searching for 17 people still unaccounted for two days afterward. "It's just unbelievable knowing you don't have a house to go back to".

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.

Lake County officials said Monday about 14,000 people are under evacuation orders.

The so-called Carr Fire that affected Redding - a city of about 92,000 people - was ignited by a vehicle problem on Monday about 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of the city.

It was pushing southwest of Redding on Saturday, toward the tiny communities of Ono, Igo and Gas Point.

It is the largest fire burning in California, threatening more than 5,000 structures.

The fire forced many residents to gather belongings and escape in just minutes. On one side of the road, homes are gone, while some on the other side were spared.

The firefighters killed in the blaze included Don Ray Smith, 81, of Pollock Pines, a bulldozer operator who was helping clear vegetation in the path of the wildfire.

Jeremy Stoke, a fire inspector with the Redding Fire Department, died Thursday night, the Redding firefighters union said.

The bodies of Melody Bledsoe, 70, and her great-grandchildren, James Robert, 5, and Emily Roberts, 4, were recovered from Bledsoe's home in Redding, relatives said. Officers have gone to homes of several people reported missing and found cars gone - a strong indication they fled.

A Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park firefighter, identified as Capt. Brian Hughes, 33, died fighting the Ferguson Fire after he was struck and killed by a tree Sunday, according to a statement from the Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. Another 1,000 have been displaced in neighboring Mendocino County.

The latest tally showed at least 517 structures destroyed and another 135 damaged, with the fire having consumed 139 square miles (360 square kilometers).

The fire grew slightly to 131 square miles (340 square kilometers) Saturday.

"The dryness and extreme heat have led to the extreme fire weather", Duffey said.

They're spinning vortexes of air, ash and fire, and are also known as "fire tornadoes".

California is bearing the brunt of an extreme run of wildfires across the U.S. West, with erratic winds and record high temperatures charging blazes that have blackened almost 410,000 acres, the state's highest year-to-date level in a decade.

Big fires also continued to burn outside Yosemite National Park and in the San Jacinto Mountains east of Los Angeles near Palm Springs. The fire has prompted the closure of the most iconic areas of Yosemite National Park, which will reopen to all visitors August 3, officials said.

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