2nd firefighter dies battling ‘extreme, erratic’ wildfire in Shasta County

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A second firefighter has died battling a raging wildfire in Shasta County, according to Cal Fire.

Officials say this person was a firefighter for the City of Redding.

Their identity is not being released until family members are notified first.

The exact cause of death is not confirmed at this time.

The first death was a private hire dozer operator. He was pronounced dead Thursday night.

Three other firefighters are injured.

The fire, being referred to as the Carr Fire, has scorched 45,000 acres. 

Several homes are destroyed.

The fire is only six percent contained.

“The Carr Fire continues to burn at a rapid rate with extreme erratic fire behavior,” officials said. “More information will be released as it becomes available.”

Evacuations:

Additional Evacuation Orders Issued 7/26/2018 @7:00PM:
  • South along Swasey Dr from SR 299 to Placer Rd.
  • West along Placer Rd From Swasey Dr to Prospect Dr
  • North from Prospect Dr to encompass Middle Park Ranch Land Area
  • West of Overhill Dr and North of SR 299
  • North of SR 299 and West of Spinmaker Rd to the end of Harlan Dr
  • Keswick Dam East to Counter Lane, North to Quartz Hill Rd

    The community of French Gulch is under an Evactuation Order. Residents along SR 299 west of Trinity Mountain Rd to the base of Buckhorn Summit are also under evacuation order. Residents along Whiskey Creek Rd to include the boat launch/day use areas are evactuated. SR 299W closure for westbound traffic now at Buenaventura Blvd. Closure to eastbound traffic remains at Buckhorn Summit. South along Swasey Dr from SR 299 to Placer Rd, West along Placer Rd from Swasey Dr to Prospect Dr and North from Prospect Dr to common place Middletown Park.

    Residents located east of Trinity Mountain Road use evacuation center located at Shasta College 11555 Old Oregon Trail in Redding. Residents located west of Trinity Mountain Road use evacuation center located at Weaverville Elementary School 31020 HWY 3 in Weaverville.

    Animal evacuation centers: Large Animal – Redding Rodeo Grounds 715 Auditorium Drive Redding, Ca.
    Small Animal – Haven Humane 9417 East Side Drive Redding, Ca.

    For information on evacuation notifications visit http://www.shascom911.com

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