Update on devastating wildfires that have already destroyed more than 1,000 homes
The Carr Fire has been causing thousands of people to run for their lives around Redding and it has burned an area the size of Los Angeles, but firefighters are starting to see improvements.
On Wednesday, August 1, 2018, it was reported that the flames were 35% contained but that they were still fairly active in the afternoon, with the strong wind pushing them forward.
According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire, the Carr Fire is now considered the sixth most destructive fire in California history.
So far, the flames have burned over 121,000 acres and taken the lives of six people, including a grandmother, Melody Bledsoe, and her two grandchildren, who were trapped inside their home.
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The wildfire ignited on July 23 near Whiskeytown, in Shasta County, and is still threatening 1,658 structures as it continues to burn and move towards Trinity County.
As of now, there are over 4,271 firefighting personnel, 369 engines and 17 helicopters trying to contain the flames and, slowly but surely, the fire is being put out.
But, according to CNN meteorologist Gene Norman, California is expected to experience 'hot, dry and breezy conditions throughout the end of the week,' and temperatures will soar into the 100s in several spots.
Incident Commander Brett Gouvea revealed that, although the firefighters are still struggling to fight the Carr Fire, they are 'starting to see more success than losses.'
Ever since the start of the fire, which is only one of the sixteen currently active in California, a total of 60 people have been reported missing in Shasta County, but luckily they have all been found.
Aside from missing reports, the local authorities have been dealing with crimes related to looting. 17 burglaries have taken place in evacuated neighborhoods and at least three people have been arrested on account of theft, but many more are still on the run.