The Carr Fire in Shasta County grew rapidly on Thursday night, devastating several small communities and leaping across the Sacramento River before threatening the outskirts of Redding, a city of about 95,000 people about 120 miles south of the California-Oregon border Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, reports.
The fire has destroyed at least 15 structures so far, but this number is expected to increase significantly, said Californian spokesman Scott McLean told CNN. One person died and three firefighters were injured.
"This fire is extremely dangerous and moves regardless of what is on its way," said Chief of the Cal Fire incident, Chief Brett Gouvea.
The fire burned 28,763 acres and is only 6% contained, Cal Fire said. Firefighters are facing a difficult task with dry conditions and temperatures expected to rise to 1
The mechanical failure of a vehicle is said to have ignited the fire on Monday, firefighters said.
Hundreds of firefighters fighting the fire
A private hire bulldozer driver died on Thursday when he fought against the fire, but no further details were released.
"While we complain about the loss, we also fight a fire that moves extremely quickly and unpredictably in West Redding." Gouvea said.
At least three other firefighters have been injured, but the extent of their injuries is unknown, McLean said.
Two hundred Californian National Guardsmen were brought in support of firefighters, said Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Shiroma of the National Guard
More than 1,700 firefighters have tried to control the flame since it erupted on Monday, but hot and windy conditions continue, to refuel it, officials said.
Flames have consumed trees, houses and historic buildings in Shasta County for days and temporarily shut down traffic along Highway 299.
KRCR, a Redding TV station and CNN member, interrupted its news broadcast and evacuated its facility Thursday night as the fire approached.
"Right now we're being evacuated, so we're closing right now," said Newspaper spokeswoman Allison Woods during a live broadcast. "We will leave the station because it is now uncertain to be here."
Infants evacuated from hospital
At least five babies are being evacuated by the Mercy Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit because of the fire, hospital spokesman Rick Plummer said.
Some babies are
The hospital is not under a mandatory evacuation order, but the infants are evacuated due to the time and intensive resources needed for their relocation.
Medics The hospital staff were also affected by the fire.
"Several employees have left their homes and have returned to take care of patients," said Plummer. "Several members have lost their homes."
Hospital staff is preparing to evacuate the facility when needed, said a Cal Fire spokesman.
Californian government Jerry Brown declared state of emergency for Riverside and Shasta districts on Thursday
More than 80 forest fires in the US
The Carr Fire is one of the 88 active major fires that burn the country and one in six Major forest fires in California, according to the National Intereency Fire Center.
Elsewhere in California, the Ferguson Fire has caused the closure of Yosemite National Park's most famous areas until Sunday, killing one person and injuring several firefighters.
The fire, which burnt west of the pa rt, has burned 44,223 acres and is 27% contained, the US Forest Service said
Brandon N. McGlover, 32, of Temecula was arrested on Wednesday and faced with five arson cases, said the fire department of Riverside County and Cal Fire.
The authorities said they believe McGlover not only launched the Cranston fire, but also other fires in the area.
More than 1,000 firefighters fight against this fire, which has scorched 7,500 hectares and is only 5% contained.
The fire, located about 5 miles southwest of Palm Springs, has led to the evacuation of Idyllwild and other communities.
The Idyllwild area in July 2013 was the scene of a massive forest fire that burned more than 27,000 acres.
Joe Sutton of CNN contributed to this report.