10,000 more told to leave homes as northern California wildfires intensify

California fires in July 2018 including Carr Fire and Ferguson Fire may have cost billions and they're still burning

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said authorities found a sixth victim of the blaze at a home that was consumed by flames, though he declined to say where.

Bledsoe's two children, James Roberts, 5, and Emily Roberts, 4, were stranded with her grandmother Melody Bledsoe, 70, when walls of flames swept through the family's rural property Thursday on the outskirts of Redding. "If there's limited winds, it gives us the chance to get on the fire's edge and try to stop it", he said. They're investigating to see if the Bledsoe home got a warning call or a door-knock. The sheriff cited evidence that door-to-door notifications were made in the area.

Mendocino County Undersheriff Matthew Kendall says 1,000 people were ordered to evacuate in his county.

It only took a little over 15 minutes for Ed Bledsoe to lose three lives that meant the world to him - his wife and their two great-grandchildren.

They are among 17 fires burning across the state which have charred 87 square miles (225 square km) of land.

The blazes that started Friday are about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of Redding, where California's largest wildfire is burning and has killed six people.

In Redding, officials stuck a hopeful tone for the first time in days. At least 500 homes, businesses and other structures have been destroyed by the flames, and six people have died. The victim's identity was not released.

Bledsoe's relatives were among more than a dozen people reported missing after the furious wind-driven blaze took residents by surprise and leveled several neighborhoods.

The Carr wildfire's destructive capability has been surprising so far as the blaze managed to "jump" a major river to the town of Redding.

Authorities also issued evacuation orders in Napa County, famous for its wine, when a fire destroyed eight structures. He was finally able to shave on Saturday when his wife brought him a razor, he said.

Redding Police Chief Roger Moore told CNN on Sunday his father's home also burned in the blaze, but his family has good support.




The children's mother, Sherry Bledsoe, was quoted by the Sacramento Bee as saying: "My kids are deceased, that's all I can say".

At least one person was arrested on suspicion of stealing from evacuated homes and authorities were keeping watch for other potential looters, said Deputy Travis Ridenour, whose home also burned. "Still out watching over the ones still standing". The three apparently failed to heed an evacuation order for the Redding area, according to KCRA in Sacramento.

In December, Governor Jerry Brown said devastating wildfires fuelled by climate change had become "the new normal", and that large fires "could happen every year or every few years".

That's what happened Thursday, when the fire near Redding pivoted and exploded in size, taking down hundreds of homes and killing five people, two of them firefighters.

Some evacuations have been lifted but officials said Yosemite Valley, the heart of tourism in the park, will remain closed until August 3.

Fed up, on Sunday morning Tim Bollman hiked 4 miles to check on the Redding home he built for his wife and two sons 13 years ago.

"There's not even anything to pick up", he said.

The nearby town of Keswick, with a population of about 450, was reduced to cinders. A heavy haze hung low over the water, where some of the docked boats had melted.

Officials said they were feeling more optimistic on Sunday afternoon and starting to gain ground on the Carr Fire.

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.

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