Redding Toll Updated: Five People Dead, 500 Homes Lost

5 Killed Including 2 Children and Their Great Great Grandmother in California Wildfires

Although he declined to identify the person, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said the latest fire victim had been in a location where residents had been told to clear out for their safety.

Crews attacking the Carr fire in and around Redding said they had located another body - the fourth civilian to perish in that blaze.

Bosenko said authorities are still looking for seven people after finding nine others who had been reported missing. Firefighter dies on front linesJeremy Stoke, a fire inspector with the Redding Fire Department, died Thursday night, the Redding firefighters union said.

While he was out, his 70-year-old wife, Melody Bledsoe, called and told him she could see the fire and that he needed to come get her and their great-grandchildren, 4-year-old Emily Roberts and 5-year-old James Roberts, who Ed Bledsoe called "Junior". At least two flaming tornados toppled trees, shook firefighting equipment and busted truck windows, taking "down everything in its path", said Scott McLean, a spokesman for Cal Fire. Ed Bledsoe was out buying supplies to help others threatened by the wildfire when flames engulfed his home, KGO reported. That fire, which started July 13, claimed the life of a Cal Fire bulldozer operator, whose vehicle tumbled down a hillside during the building of a defensive line. Triple-digit temperatures and dry vegetation are making it hard for crews to corral the blaze. As of Saturday morning, these fires have burned almost 160,000 acres (64,700 hectares) and destroyed over 500 structures.

One of them, 57-year-old David Franceschine, said he had been on a camping trip when the fire erupted.

Looting became a problem several days ago as evacuations began, leading authorities to beef up patrols in neighborhoods, he said Sunday.

"We're not fighting a fire", said Jonathan Cox, battalion chief with Cal Fire. The blazes have killed four firefighters in California in a little more than two weeks. Some neighborhoods here were forced to evacuate, along with parts of the nearby Shasta County communities including Happy Valley, Igo and Ono.

The Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County has burned 53,646 acres and is 30% contained. A total of 3,410 personnel are working to contain the fire, along with 328 fire engines, 17 helicopters and 62 bulldozers.

Chris Anthony, deputy chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said the Carr Fire has scorched 125 square miles. Having rapidly spread, it was only 10 percent contained Sunday morning.

Bledsoe said even though the family was not told to evacuate, he feels more guilty than angry.

The conditions the firefighters are facing are unprecedented, a mix of "incredibly hot temperatures, steep terrain and heavy wind".

And due to the ongoing fire-fighting efforts, the City of Redding and the California Division of Drinking Water request that all City of Redding residents and businesses, especially those not directly affected by the fire, please conserve water.

The fire, in the Shasta County in northern California, has killed six people so far, including two children and their great-grandmother.

CalFire reported 500 structures destroyed by the blaze.

Thousands of dazed evacuees struggled to keep their emotions in check while trying to take care of themselves and their pets as a deadly wildfire in Northern California raged into its seventh day.

Two firefighters have also died in the blaze. More than 38,000 people remained under evacuation orders on Sunday in and around the city of Redding, about 160 miles (257 km) north of the state capital Sacramento.

Anna Noland, 49, was evacuated twice in three days before learning through video footage Saturday that the house she last saw under dark and windy skies had burned.

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