One Dead As California Battles Raging Wildfire Spreading Near City

California Governor Declares State Of Emergency Over Wide-Ranging Fires

A firefighter watches flames advance up a hill towards homes as crews battle the Carr Fire, west of Redding, California, U.S. July 27, 2018.

Last year, the Thomas Fire - which grew to be the largest in California history - eventually burned across more than 280,000 acres.

A suspected serial arsonist has been arrested for allegedly setting fires that forced the evacuation of thousands of residents across southern California.

The flames moved so fast that firefighters working in oven-like temperatures and bone-dry conditions had to drop efforts to battle the blaze at one point to help people escape.

Redding hospital has been evacuated - with at least five infants being rushed out and some babies being airlifted to hospitals in Sacramento. The fire threatens swaths of lands in Idyllwild, and Mt San Jacinto state park and San Bernardino national forest have both been closed. Braden Varney, 36, a heavy fire equipment operator, was killed while batting another blaze near Yosemite National Park.

Residents of the Northern California city of Redding fled their homes Friday morning as towering flames from an out-of-control wildfire swept into the western city limits and destroyed residences, authorities reported.

"And I thought 'If it marched that far the night before, and has grown that much overnight - if it did the same thing as yesterday, then my house, and everybody else's house that I know, would be right in line with the fire'".

Two other major fires are also burning in the state. He added: 'It's just a wall of flames.

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Israeli forces carried out the rescue on Saturday night following a request from the "US, Canada , and European Union countries". The group says it has saved over 114,000 lives and has lost the lives of 204 White Helmet volunteers since its founding in 2014.

A Red Cross employee told local ABC affiliate KRCR there were some 500 people in the evacuation center at Shasta College.

Firefighters face a hard task in the days ahead, with dry conditions and temperatures expected to reach 110 F on Friday.

"Really, we're in a life-saving mode right now in Redding", said the Cal Fire battalion chief, Jonathan Cox.

An explosive wildfire in Northern California has burned dozens of homes, injured firefighters and civilians, and reached the city of Redding.

"They're in triple digits through Thursday" with no rain forecast, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said. "We ask everyone to heed evacuation orders and leave promptly".

Although 65 structures are confirmed destroyed, officials expect that the count to jump as they say dozens of ruined and smoldering homes are viewable in aerial footage.

Governor Jerry Brown declares a State of Emergency in response to the Carr Fire.

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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