Fighting the Carr Fire on Placer Road on Saturday
The latest on the Carr Fire burning in Redding:
Fatalities: Two confirmed, Don Ray Smith, 81, of Pollock Pines, a private bulldozer operator killed Thursday while trying to contain the flames; fire inspector Jeremy Stoke, a Redding firefighter since 2004 who was killed battling the fire Thursday night. Family members said Saturday three others – a 70-year-old grandmother and children, ages 4 and 5, were killed. Shasta County Sheriff’s Office has not confirmed that, but says 14 people are missing.
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Injuries: Three Marin County firefighters suffered burns and were treated. Mercy Medical Center in Redding reported treating eight people for burn-related injuries, none serious.
Missing: At least 11 other people are missing
Size: 85,000 acres, or about 132 square miles. The fire is larger than the 61-square-mile size of Redding, which has a population of about 92,000.
Containment: 5 percent. No estimate of when Cal Fire will reach full containment.
Cause: Vehicle malfunction on Monday afternoon at Highway 299 and Carr Powerhouse Road in Whiskeytown.
Damages: 500 homes destroyed, 75 damaged, 4,978 threatened.
Weather outlook: High temperatures of up to 110 degrees are expected Saturday afternoon. At noon, the temperature was recorded as 88 degrees. A red flag warning is effect through Monday morning for the region.
Firefighting resources: 3,410 firefighting personnel, 328 engines, 17 helicopters, 62 bulldozers.
Updates: This is a breaking story, we’re reporting live updates here.
Video updates: See the latest videos on our video page including a 360-degree view of the fire approaching Igo and a view of what its like to drive through Keswick after the flames.