Residents of northern California city flee raging wildfire

With 90,000 people, motorists were jammed, trying to escape the flames


Reuters July 27, 2018
Residents of northern California city flee raging wildfire. PHOTO:REUTERS

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA: Residents of a northern California city raced on Friday to flee a raging, out-of-control wildfire as it burned homes and businesses and knocked out power, media said.

The so-called Carr Fire, which has tripled in size in the
last two days to 28,000 acres (11,300 hectares), crossed the
Sacramento River to threaten hundreds of homes on the western
fringes of the city of Redding, the Sacramento Bee said.

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"The fire is moving so fast that law enforcement is doing
evacuations as fast as we can.

There have been some injuries to civilians and firefighters," California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott McLean told the newspaper.

"It's way too dynamic and burning quickly," he said. Roads out of the city of 90,000 people, were jammed with motorists trying to escape the flames, social media postings
showed.

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Local and state fire officials were not available to confirm
details of injuries. Multiple power outages were reported, the city said on its website, adding that the electric utility was shutting off power
in its northern areas.

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