California fires: Thousands forced to flee as Carr fire spreads

Deadly Northern California wildfire rages largely unchecked

'My kids are deceased', heartbroken Mom after losing two children to California Wildfire

"Got over the top of them, and they lay there until the fire took them", Mr Bledsoe added.

More than a dozen people have been reported missing, but authorities said most probably were out of touch with friends and neighbors.

In Mendocino County, two other wind-driven wildfires had grown to more than 30,000 acres by Sunday evening, forcing thousands of residents to evacuate.

Redding Police Sergeant Todd Cogle confirmed that three bodies discovered at a fire-ravaged home on the outskirts of Redding on Saturday were two children and their great-grandmother.

Ed Bledsoe told CBS News he did not receive any warning to evacuate his home in the city of Redding before the flames came through last week and killed his wife, Melody, and his great-grandchildren, five-year-old James Roberts and four-year-old Emily Roberts.

Amanda Woodley, the granddaughter of Ed and Melody, shared her grief in a Facebook post over the weekend.

"We just wanted to show our support for them", she said. With the worst blazes raging across Northern California near Redding with more smaller fires burning across Southern California, the 2018 California wildfires are hard to keep track of.

About 37,000 people in California have been forced to leave their homes because of massive wildfires.

"My babies are dead", Sherry Bledsoe said through tears after she and family members met with Shasta County sheriff's deputies Saturday.

About 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of Redding, two blazes that prompted mandatory evacuations in Mendocino County burned largely unchecked.

The latest person has not been identified, Bosenko said.

"This fire was whipped up into a whirlwind of activity" by gale-force winds, he said, "uprooting trees, moving vehicles, moving parts of roadways".

The fire, fueled by high winds and dry conditions, has chewed through 89,194 acres since Monday and is only 5% contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire.

The Carr Fire continues to rage, though it is now 20% contained, which refers to how much of a control line has been constructed around a fire to keep it from jumping major roadways and igniting new areas of land.

He said he was told that the sheriff's office picked them up and rescued them. Another firefighter was killed earlier in the month battling a giant fire near Yosemite National Park. Crews have been dealing with gusty winds and hot temperatures. "So that is all complicated by the fact that we still have triple-digit temperatures right now and a really thick smoke inversion, which slows down our ability to get aircraft in the air because of visibility".

Authorities arrested two people Sunday on suspicion of looting homes that had been evacuated in the fire.

Jeremy Stoke, a fire inspector with the Redding Fire Department, died Thursday, the Redding firefighters union said.

Derick Hughes II did not heed the order and remained behind at his property in Nice, Calif., where he ran sprinklers on his roof and removed yard plants that could catch fire.

"At this stage, we are still calculating the numbers of who is available, who will be available from their employers to be released and then they will go into a national pool and that national pool will then basically be cherry-picked for the best people that are suitable for the job", Mr Williamson said.

The nearby community of Keswick, with a population of about 450, was reduced to cinders.

USA firefighters have worked to put out 89 large fires, which have burned more than 3,760 square kilometres over the peak summer period.

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