California’s deadliest current wildfire is getting larger, officials warn, despite thousands of firefighters battling it.
Firefighters reported that “erratic winds” and dry conditions caused the Carr fire to grow early on Sunday (July 29), according to the BBC.
It is one of eight major wildfires currently burning in the state.
The fire, in the Shasta County in northern California, has killed six people so far, including two children and their great-grandmother.
Melody Bledsoe, 70, Emily Roberts, five, and James Roberts, four, died when they were caught in its path as they were about to evacuate their home in the town of Redding, about 150 miles north of Sacramento, on Thursday. An unidentified fourth body was found in a burnt-out house on Sunday.
Two firefighters also lost their lives on Thursday. A third firefighter died battling the Ferguson Fire, near Yosemite, on Sunday.
The Carr fire, which doubled in size overnight on Friday, was only 5% contained by Sunday morning. It has already burnt more than 48,000 acres (194 sq km) of land and destroyed at least 500 structures.
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