A rapidly growing wildfires hit late Thursday in parts of the northern California city of Redding and the surrounding area and sent residents who wanted to escape the inferno.
A privately hired bulldozer battling the fire was killed By Friday morning, the rapid fire had destroyed 15 buildings and threatened another 500, authorities said.  Early Friday, state officials extended a mandatory evacuation zone for the fire, known as Carr Fire to people immediately located in the towns of Summit and Shasta Lake, which are about seven miles northwest of Redding and more than 10,000 residents , to leave. People in areas near the Shasta Dam on the Sacramento River were also told to evacuate.
Images posted on social media showed orange and red flames glowing against the night sky. Long rows of vehicles advanced as people tried to flee parts of Redding, a city of 92,000, 100 miles south of the Oregon border.
Some firefighters and civilians were injured, but the exact number and extent of their injuries was unknown, Chief Gouvea said.
At 10:30 pm On Thursday, a news anchor at KRCR-TV, an ABC-affiliated television station in Redding, announced abruptly that the station had been evacuated.
"Right now we're being evacuated and that's why we shut down right now," said the anchor, Allison Woods. "We're going to leave the station because it's now uncertain to be here."
The fire was going through on Monday "Fire Failure" at the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, the Californian fire department, triggered Cal Fire, said in a report without elaborating.
By late Wednesday, the fire had devoured 6,700 acres, rising to 20,000 on Thursday morning Acres and by Thursday night to more than 28,000 acres, with only 6 percent of it included, nearly 1,750 firefighters with 110 fire trucks and 10 helicopters fighting the fire.
Hot and dry weather stoked the fire Redding at 113 degrees and hovering late on Thursday night at 90.
"Tonight it exploded and blew into the city limits of the city of Redding", said Scott McLean, a spokesman for Cal Fire. 19659002] The ardent temperatures, low humidity and steady wind that caused the fire were expected on Friday.
Several buildings burned on the west side of the city, and the speed of the fire's expansion reminded of the deadly forest fires north of San Francisco last year.
"This fire is just extremely dynamic," McLean said. "We have not seen anything like it, except last year at the Tubbs."
The Tubbs fired wind-blown flames that devastated Sonoma and Napa Counties, killing 22 people and destroying more than 5,500 buildings devastating wildfire in California's history
This disaster raised questions about emergency alarm and evacuation systems fast-moving fires. Sonoma, Napa and other counties used alert systems that send text messages to mobile phones. But these warnings generally go only to the people who have registered to receive them, and the fires in many areas put out the mobile service.
The authorities then described a chaotic struggle to evacuate the inhabitants. Similar situations were reported on social media Thursday night in the Redding area.
In addition to the Carr fire, large forest fires are burning in central and southern California. The Ferguson Fire caused the largest closure of Yosemite National Park in 30 years and the Cranston Fire is only 5 percent contained in the San Jacinto Mountains in Southern California.
A man suspected of launching the Cranston Fire was arrested on Wednesday night Accused of five charges of arson.
Inyoung Kang and Terence McGinley reported on the coverage.