Thursday, a private bulldozer operator was killed.
Scott McLean, a CalFire spokesman for the crews battling the blaze, said flames blew through the communities of Shasta and Keswick before jumping the Sacramento River and reaching Redding, a city of about 92,000 people - the largest in the region.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials said the fire started in the Whiskeytown community, a once a vibrant and bustling mining town.
On Wednesday, July 25, 2018, CAL FIRE Law Enforcement Officers arrested Brandon N. McGlover, 32 of Temecula for allegedly setting multiple fires in southwest Riverside County, California on July 25, 2018. "There have been some injuries to civilians and firefighters", California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman Scott McLean told the Sacramento Bee newspaper.
'It's way too dynamic and burning quickly'. Firefighters and others on hand are dealing with extremely dry conditions and unsafe temperature, which are expected to reach 110 fahrenheit on Friday (July 26).
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There were 1.2million acres that were destroyed across the state.
The Cranston Fire was the largest of at least five police believe were purposely set by a man whose vehicle was spotted at the starting point of the blaze in Riverside County, officials said.
Two residents who chose not to leave were 61-year-old Rob Wright and his wife, who planned to fight off flames with a high-powered water hose.
The fire's faint glow was visible when he arrived at 3 a.m. and it kept getting brighter, he said. "We are just waiting it out. crossing our fingers and hoping for the best".
More than 1,700 firefighters have been on hand to try and control the wildfire since it broke.
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Fire officials say dozens of homes have burned, though conditions make it impossible to determine an accurate count and the number could climb much higher. "It's extreme. It's blowing up off and on again".
Early Friday, Cal Fire officials announced a city of Redding firefighter had been killed trying to halt the fire's deadly advance. The fire moved so fast that an evacuation center at Shasta High School was closed, and evacuees had to move to Shasta College, CNN affiliate KTXL reported. More than 3,000 customers had lost power in the area, according to utility PG&E.
There have now been three fire-related deaths in the state in recent weeks.
As of dawn, Cal Fire said the Carr Fire had grown to 44,450 acres and was just 3 percent contained.
Firefighters have been struggling to contain the so-called Ferguson Fire, which has raged near the 768,000-acre park since last week, shrouding the Half Dome and El Capitan peaks in smoke. A total of 100 homes were still considered under threat in the San Francisco Bay community of Clayton, although firefighters had stopped the progress of a small fire there after one house burned. Seven other firefighters were hurt.
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