Second firefighter dies battling blaze near USA nat’l park Yosemite

Authorities have intensified their operations as dozens of firefighters have been deployed to control the raging inferno.

About 12,000 firefighters were battling 17 significant fires Sunday in California, she said. As of Sunday morning, the fire had consumed more than 89,000 acres and was only 5 percent contained.

More than 5,000 structures are threatened by the fire, which has destroyed 874 structures and damaged 175 more.

Jeremy Stoke, a fire inspector with the Redding Fire Department, died Thursday night, the Redding firefighters union said.

The wildfire in Shasta County in the western U.S. California State has destroyed more than 500 structures, scorched tens of thousands of acres, and forced thousands of people to evacuate.

"If we don't arrest them for looting, they will be arrested for something else", Redding Police Chief Roger Moor said.

Bledsoe broke into sobs as he described speaking to his family by phone as he was rushing to try to save them.

The blaze remained unpredictable, he said by telephone from Redding.

Capt. Jarrett Grassl, a 19-year veteran who works for the Higgins Fire District in Northern California, said his crew ran into homeowners trying to save their own properties.

"Under these conditions that we are seeing right now, it's not going to take much for the fire to have the extreme spread that we saw a couple of days ago", he said by telephone after visiting the region. "But the way things go, I'd rather not start over".

A firefighter lights backfires during the Carr fire in Redding, Calif., on July 27, 2018. "I'm just glad my mom got all the valuable stuff that she wanted out".

"They go into the steepest of the steep, the most rugged of the rugged areas", said Mike Theune, a spokesman with the parks. "The fire continues to burn through a large wilderness area", said Doug Binnewies, the Mariposa County sheriff and coroner.

Bethel Church said in a statement: "Our hearts are with families in our local community who have lost loved ones, lost homes, or have been displaced by the Carr Fire". I would tell you I've been out there in numerous areas with the fire personnel looking at the destruction, I will tell you that your firefighters are doing an extraordinary job battling this blaze.

A total of 38,000 people have been evacuated from Shasta County and the state's Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in the area, as well as three others. Authorities had not reopened any evacuated neighborhoods where fires raged due to safety and ongoing investigations and urged people to be patient, saying they would soon let residents back.

The state is experiencing longer periods of warm temperatures and dry conditions that are making major fires almost a year-round possibility, said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California Los Angeles.

The Cranston Fire near San Bernardino has burned more than 13,130 acres and is 29% contained.

The weather on Sunday is expected to offer no relief for firefighters as it will hit more than 100 Fahrenheit (37.7 Celsius) with low humidity and gusty winds, the National Weather Service said.

The remains of a person who ignored Carr Fire evacuation orders was found in a burned-out residence on Sunday, said Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko. He had been with California's Arrowhead Interagency Hotshots for four years and reached the rank of captain.

  • Rogelio Becker