Chris Anthony, public information officer at Cal Fire, showed us the destruction the Carr Fire had left.
Amber Sandhu, Record Searchlight

REDDING, California – A wildfire raging in northern California exploded overnight and continued its rapid march towards heavily populated areas on Thursday, consuming nearly 45 Square miles in the late afternoon.

The Carr Fire raged northeast, burning through Shasta and Keswick towards Redding and Shasta Dam.

Officials had evacuation orders to more than 2,200 residents west and north of Redding

California Department of Forestry and Fire Safety officials and Shasta County Sheriff's Office said that numerous homes were burned in the Keswick and Shasta areas.



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Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said the fire was closed down the Sacramento River Trail because the trail users on the western edge near Keswick were at risk.

Highway 299 west of Buenaventura Boulevard was closed and most of the roads west of this intersection were also closed. Most of the residents west of this intersection were ordered to evacuate.

On Thursday, the Fire crews focused on keeping the fire from jumping the Iron Mountain Road in the Keswick area to prevent it from approaching Redding. Cal fire and fire Dept. in the North ” width=”540″ height=”405″ data-mycapture-src=”” data-mycapture-sm-src=””/>

Carr Fire – Cal Fire and Fire Dept. in the north of California meet on Thursday morning, the Carr Fire. The fire continues this morning from Old Shasta to Iron Mountain Road. (Special to the Record Searchlight after photo by Hung T. Vu) (Photo: Hung T. Vu)