"We're not fighting a fire", said Jonathan Cox, battalion chief with Cal Fire. But more current satellite data early Friday morning shows it has expanded to at least 45,000 acres. The blaze continues to threaten almost 5,000 structures and 65 buildings have already been incinerated.
Smoke and flames are seen as a wildfire spreads through Redding, California, the US, July 26, 2018, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media.
He said the situation is "very dynamic" and that it's "a heck of a fight".
"Firefighters continue to work aggressively to build containment lines around the Carr Fire", Cal Fire said in an incident report at 7 p.m. local time.
The fire exploded overnight, destroying dozens of homes. Two hundred California National Guardsmen have been brought in to help firefighters, said Lt. Col. Jonathan Shiroma of the National Guard. Temperatures were also supposed to reach the low triple-digits on Friday. "Their efforts have been hampered today due to extreme fire behavior and unfavorable weather conditions".
The closure through at least Sunday led to at least 1,000 campground and hotel bookings being canceled, park spokesman Scott Gediman said. Pending notification of next of kin, they have not released the person's name, only that the firefighter worked for the Redding Fire Department.
A privately hired bulldozer operator died battling the fire.
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The fire started Monday July 23 but became extremely active Wednesday and Thursday running southeast and into the city limits of Redding, California.
Chapin says the streets were so jammed with traffic that there was no way for firefighters to come in. Marin County reported that three of its firefighters working on defending structures were burned on their ears, face and hands by a sudden blast of heat.
All three men are now out of the hospital and are expected to make a full recovery. He was the second bulldozer operator killed in a California blaze in less than two weeks.
The Carr Fire burned across a stretch of California about two hours south of the OR border. The communities of Shasta and Keswick were said to have been affected, along with residents in Redding - a city of about 92,000 people.
Multiple power outages were reported, the city said on its website, adding that the electric utility was shutting off power in its northern areas. "This fire is out of control!", the California Highway Patrol said in a Facebook post Thursday night urging residents to evacuate.
Hospital staff is preparing to evacuate the facility if needed, a Cal Fire spokesman said.
A reporter with Redding television station KRCR choked up as she reported live updates about the fire before the station had to go off the air later.