Shasta County wildfire kills 1, burns firefighters

Jul 27, 2018, 12:42
Shasta County wildfire kills 1, burns firefighters

Authorities tackling the fire included Cal Fire, the Riverside and Los Angeles County fire departments and the San Bernardino National Forest agency.

California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared states of emergency for the state's three largest fires, freeing resources for local governments.

The fire has forced evacuations of more than 2,100 homes.

The Carr Fire was just one of several wildfires that have dispatched firefighters to all corners of the state amid an oppressive heat wave.

Massive amounts of smoke were seen rising from the San Jacinto Mountains as an airplane dropped retardant on the fire, a video posted Wednesday night by Twitter user Captain Woody shows. Animals could be evacuated to the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus at 581 S. Grand in San Jacinto. 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.

The fire erupted Wednesday and rapidly spread over 7½ square miles (19 square kilometers), forcing the evacuation of the entire town of Idyllwild, other communities and youth summer camps.

Brandon N. McGlover, 32, of Temecula was booked on suspicion of five counts of arson, state fire officials said. VIDEO: Authorities detain possible arson suspect in connection with Cranston FireMandatory evacuation orders were issued for all residents southeast of Highway 243 as well as all of Idyllwild, Apple Canyon, Hurky Creek, Bonita Vista, Lake Hemet campgrounds and Fern Valley.

"We were all peeling out of there as fast as we could", he told KNBC-TV.

Some recreation areas in the National Forest had also been shuttered. One firefighter was killed on July 14, and six others have been injured.

As of July 25, wildfires had burned through 3.94 million acres (1.59 million hectares) this year, above the 10-year average for the same period of 3.54 million acres (1.43 million hectares), it said.