Man arrested on suspicion of setting 4,700-acre brush fire near Idyllwild

Volkswagen Beetle scorched by a wildfire called the Carr Fire rests at a residence in Redding Calif

Volkswagen Beetle scorched by a wildfire called the Carr Fire rests at a residence in Redding Calif

The Carr Fire in Northern California that has claimed the life of a bulldozer operator and injured at least three firefighters is "taking everything down in its path", a fire official said.

"As we mourn the loss, we also battle a fire that is moving extremely quickly and erratically into western Redding", Gouvea said. It's unclear whether he has an attorney.

The Forest Service has announced mandatory evacuations for residents in Idyllwild, Apple Canyon area, Mountain Center communities, Lake Hemet area and Hurley Creek area.

"This fire is extremely unsafe and moving with no regard for what's in its path", he said.

"There was no thinking about it", she told the Redding Record Searchlight newspaper, adding that she would spend most of her 71st birthday outside a shopping center awaiting word on their home. Animal Shelters: Banning High School (small animals); CHANGE: San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus (large animals).

The fire in the San Bernardino National Forest sent up a cloud 50,000 feet high that was so enormous it created its own weather in the form of lightning, the National Weather Service reported. That includes covering homes in flame retardant.

The fire is one of several across California amid a heat wave that has seen days of triple-digit temperatures.

More residents are on standby for evacuation as the blaze continues on its path of destruction. A total of 100 homes were still considered under threat in the San Francisco Bay community of Clayton, although firefighters had stopped the progress of a small fire there after one house burned.

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Journalists covering the fire also had to respond to the blaze.

The fire was growing at a "rapid rate of spread", the San Bernardino National Forest tweeted. The closure was heartbreaking for travellers, many of whom mapped out their trips months in advance to hike and climb amid the spectacular views of cascading waterfalls and sheer rock faces.

All guests had also left Tahquitz Pines, which said on Facebook that the property was clear. "It was a father-daughter trip, for her high school graduation".

The fire was 31 square miles (80 square kilometers) Thursday morning.

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The last time the 7.5-mile-long valley was closed because of fire was 1990, he said. "It's just a wall of flames". The containment on the blaze decreased to 3 percent. Gov.

More than 1,700 firefighters are battling the blaze, Cal Fire said in an evening advisory.

Smoke from the Cranston Fire is shown from east of Lake Hemet in Riverside County, California, U.S., July 26, 2018. This year so far, nearly 1.6 million hectares have been blackened by wildfires, above a 10-year average of 1.5 million hectares over the same period, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

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