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Carr Fire in Redding Kills Firefighter

A fire official says an explosive wildfire in Northern California has killed a bulldozer operator as he fought to contain the blaze and injured three firefighters.

Posted: Jul 26, 2018 11:07 PM
Updated: Jul 29, 2018 1:08 AM

REDDING, Calif. (AP) -- An explosive wildfire has now killed two firefighters and has now destroyed over 65 buildings.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says 500 other structures are being threatened.

Officials say the fire is growing rapidly because of scorching temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions.

The fire has grown over 70 square miles since it was started on Monday.

(Updated as of 10:20 A.M. on July 27, 2018)

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REDDING, Calif. (AP)-- A fire official says an explosive wildfire in Northern California has killed a bulldozer operator as he fought to contain the blaze and injured three firefighters.

Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean says the Carr Fire in Shasta County burned over the bulldozer operator, who was hired privately, and his equipment. He says the man's body was found late Thursday.

McLean says three firefighters and an unknown number of civilians have burns but didn't know the extent.

He says the fire is "taking everything down in its path."

The blaze has burned dozens of homes in the communities of Shasta, Keswick and the west side of Redding, a city of about 92,000 people.

McLean says the situation is chaotic as Redding residents who had little warning try to evacuate.

Governor Kate Brown has declared a State of Emergency in Riverside and Shasta Counties due to fires.

ABC affiliate KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding has evacuated the newstation.

The CarrFire has grown to 20,000 acres and is 10% contained.

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