The Carr Fire Raged Through a Northern California City Overnight
In their update late last night, CAL FIRE said that the hard work of nearly 1,750 firefighters couldn’t contain the flames due to “extreme fire behavior and unfavorable weather conditions.” As of midnight, the fire ballooned 50 percent overnight to 44,450 acres and was only three percent contained.
“This fire is extremely dangerous and moving with no regard to what’s in its path,” CAL FIRE Chief Brett Gouvea said at a news conference late last night.
Up until Thursday, most of the damage played out west of Redding, with the Sacramento River acting as a buffer between the city and the flames. Residents there have seen signs of the fire for days as it whipped up smoke and towering pyrocumulus clouds, as well as news reports of its trail of destruction. But on Thursday night, the fire jumped the river, sparking an evacuation of the neighborhoods on the western edge of town that caused bumper-to-bumper traffic. Around 2:30 a.m. local time, CAL FIRE also issued a mandatory evacuation for Shasta Lake City, a town of 9,000 on the northern edge of Redding.