Woman Killed Alongside Her Great-Grandchildren in California Wildfire

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The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco is also checking the situation of Filipinos in Redding and surrounding areas to determine whether any of them has been affected by the so-called Carr Fire.

"Over the years, we're putting more people in harm's way", he said. As of Saturday morning, those fires had burned almost 160,000 acres and destroyed over 500 structures. Gusty winds reaching 60 miles per hour are fanning the flames and creating fire tornadoes, or "firenadoes", that move erratically and are strong enough to overturn vehicles "like toys", McLean told reporters at a news conference late Thursday.

Stoke, who joined the Redding Fire Department in 2004, was killed while assisting with evacuations, the union said. Officers have gone to homes of several people reported missing and found cars gone - a strong indication they fled. The company has also teamed up with Tri Counties Bank to establish a general fund benefitting victims across Shasta County. High temperatures and heavy winds conspired to complicate the effort backed by more than 300 fire engines and 17 helicopters.

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

In those final minutes, unable to get to his wife and their great-grandchildren, Bledsoe was able to get through on the phone.

Firefighters from various San Diego County fire departments scratch out a fire line in De Luz on Saturday.

"That's what bothers me the most", Franceschine said.

"They say it was like a 'fire tornado, '" said Chris Corona, one man who lives in the area. It has already burnt more than 48,000 acres (194 sq km) of land and destroyed at least 500 structures.

The Carr Fire burns west of Redding, California, US July 28, 2018.

Authorities also issued evacuation orders in Napa County, famous for its wine, when several structures caught fire, the Napa Valley Register reported.

Some of the 38,000 people forced to evacuate said they were frustrated because they didn't know whether their homes were standing or were destroyed.

A total of five people have been confirmed dead in the Carr fire.

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Keswick, a mountain town of about 450 people, was reduced to an ashy moonscape of blackened trees and smouldering rubble.

Liz Williams loaded up two kids in her vehicle and then found herself locked in bumper-to-bumper traffic with neighbors trying to flee from Lake Redding Estates.

The kids' mom, Sherry Bledsoe, was in county jail at the time of the fire and was released on Saturday so she could grieve with her family.

Melody Bledsoe, 70, and her great-grandchildren, Emily Roberts, 5, and James Roberts, 4, died when their Redding home burned Thursday night, according to their family.

He asked for federal assistance, including military aircraft, shelter supplies and water for evacuated residents in Shasta County, where he said the Carr Fire had grown "uncontrollably".

It is the largest fire burning in California, threatening more than 5,000 structures. The flames were just 5 percent contained, though Gouvea said he expected that number to climb.

A firefighter lights backfires during the Carr fire in Redding, Calif., on July 27, 2018. They are the first non-firefighters to be killed.

Earlier this month, firefighter Barden Varney was killed when the bulldozer he was operating overturned. At least seven other firefighters have been injured since that blaze broke out July 13.

Only a handful of homes still stand in Keswick, a small northern California community consumed by wildfire.

In the Sierra Nevada, famed Yosemite National Park closed Wednesday as smoke from a fire to the west cast a pall on the region.

All nine fires were set Wednesday in the Idyllwild, Anza and Sage areas about 100 miles east of Los Angeles.