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Thousands of firefighters are tackling the blaze

Thousands of firefighters are tackling the blaze

The Carr fire ripping through Northern California has left six people dead and levelled 874 buildings.

"We didn't know the fire was coming down there", Bledsoe told Simon, adding that the family was not told to evacuate.

"Grandma did everything she could to save them she was hovered over them both with a wet blanket", Woodley said in a Facebook post.

The Carr Fire, which has destroyed more than 500 buildings, is the deadliest and most destructive of almost 90 wildfires burning from Texas to Oregon.

The wildfire in Shasta County in the western U.S. California State has destroyed more than 500 structures, scorched tens of thousands of acres, and forced thousands of people to evacuate.

The family said authorities told them the boy had called 911 from the house, relatives told the San Francisco Chronicle. Bret Gouvea, Cal Fire incident commander for the Carr fire, said firefighters are facing other challenges.

The Carr Fire raging in Northern California is so large and hot that it is creating its own localized weather system with variable strong winds, making it hard for experts to predict which way the blaze will spread.

More than 3,500 firefighters and a sqaudron of 17 water-dropping helicopters managed to create buffer lines around 5% of the fire's perimeter by Sunday, said Reuters.

The insurance company has suggested her family relocate elsewhere, but in her husband's line of work, Shyla said, that's not possible: He needs to be within 20 minutes of the office so he can be ready to head out with his crew within the hour if a fire hits.

"I was talking to my little grandson on the phone (and) he was saying, 'Grandpa, please, you gotta come and help us, the fire's at the back door, '" Mr Bledsoe said. The blazes have destroyed six homes and threaten 10,000 others.

Just off Marconi Avenue, you'll find the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Sacramento, where all this week from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m. the goal is to fill boxes with items to help anyone affected by the Carr Fire.

"We are finding it is more the state-based ones - in particular [those from] the South East and the Port Lincoln area ... that are the ones who will probably have the beneficial skills that the United States [is] searching for", Mr Williamson said.

A Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park firefighter, identified as Capt. Brian Hughes, died fighting the Ferguson Fire after he was struck and killed by a tree Sunday, according to a statement from the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Ed Bledsoe said he wasn't able to use his usual route to get home because of traffic congestion in the fire area, so he left his vehicle and tried to make it home on foot but that, too, was not possible.

"Fire has become a lot more unpredictable", he said. So she and her mother decided to make breakfast burritos for him and other hungry CalFire crews who were coming off the night shift after trying to contain the Carr Fire in Redding.

The fire has been fueled by dry, excess vegetation and hot surface temperatures turned it into highly flammable grasslands.

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

Duffey said the high surface temperatures force air to rise and get unstable.

The Carr Fire broke out last Monday near a small California community called Shasta.

The debris of a burned home is seen after the Carr Fire west of Redding, Calif., July 28, 2018. Last December's Thomas Fire near Santa Barbara burned nearly 282,000 acres (440 square miles), becoming the largest wildfire in California history.