Bulldozer operator killed fighting explosive Carr Fire near Redding

Bulldozer operator killed fighting explosive Carr Fire near Redding

In Southern California, thousands remained evacuated as a suspected arson wildfire burned in the San Jacinto Mountains east of Los Angeles.

"Emergency personnel are reporting on social media that they are stopping structure and containment efforts in north Redding in order to focus on safely evacuating all citizens".

"The community of Pinyon is not threatened as of yet", Cal Fire Capt. Scott Visyak told KTLA.

Wednesday night fire officials estimated that the Cranston Fire had burned approximately 4,700 acres.

In Northern California, the Carr Fire forced thousands of residents to flee their homes as crews struggled to contain the blaze in a mountainous area of Shasta County.

The fast-moving blaze has so far burned five homes.

In the north, new evacuations were expanded to about 2,200 people in the wilderness recreation region near Redding that included Shasta and its historic former courthouse and ruins of brick buildings that make up Shasta State Historic Park. The Cranston Fire moved toward the mountain community of Idyllwild, threatening hundreds of homes.

Evacuations were ordered in Mountain Center along McGaugh Road and McCall Park Road after the fire jumped Highway 243 near Idyllwild Grinding Facility, the Forest Service said via Twitter. Throughout the day, helicopters and planes dumped water and fire retardant that turned swathes of land and homes pink.

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The fire grew 15,000 aces overnight from Wednesday to Thursday, and by evening took on another 8,000 acres.

The closure was heartbreaking for travelers who mapped out trips months in advance to hike and climb amid the spectacular views of cascading waterfalls and sheer rock faces.

Officials emphasized that Yosemite wasn't in imminent danger from the fire.

Firefighters from the USFS San Bernardino National Forest, Riverside County Fire Department of Cal Fire, and several local public safety agencies responded to a series of wildland fires on Wednesday.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials say the fire that started in the Whiskeytown community is 45 square miles (115 square kilometers).

Yosemite Valley will be closed until at least Sunday, along with a winding, mountainous, 20-mile stretch of California's State Route 41 that leads into the area, Gediman said.

The fire was being fuelled by timber, brush and chaparral as high as six feet, and it was only 5 percent contained by mid afternoon on Thursday local time.

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