Carr Fire in Northern California continues to threaten lives, homes and roadways

July 30, 2018

Tyson Fisher


A wildfire in Northern California in Shasta County has claimed at least six lives, destroyed hundreds of homes and shut down dozens of roadways. The Carr Fire near Highway 299 has already burned nearly 100,000 acres as it continues to spread.

According to Cal Fire, the Carr Fire near Redding, Calif., began on July 23 after a vehicle mechanical failure near Highway 299 and Carr Powerhouse Road. With more than 98,000 acres burned as of Monday morning, July 30, the fire is only at 20 percent containment.

Nearly 1,000 structures have been destroyed, including more than 700 homes. An additional 5,000 structures remain under threat. Dozens of evacuation orders have been placed for residents in Shasta County, Trinity County and the city of Redding.

Cal Fire reported on Monday morning that dozens of roads are closed in Shasta County and Redding, including portions of Highway 299 and State Route 273.

As of publication time, Cal Fire did not know when to expect full containment. More than 3,000 firefighting personnel are working to contain the fire.

On July 26, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Riverside and Shasta counties because of the Cranston and Carr fires. One day later, Gov. Brown requested a presidential emergency declaration that would allow the state to receive direct federal assistance. The next day, President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in California, giving the Federal Emergency Management Agency authority to step in.