In this July 27, 2018, a Volkswagen Beetle burned by a forest fire called the Carr Brand is based on a stay in Redding, California.
(AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Two young children and their grandmother were reportedly still missing Friday at the end of the Carr Fire continued to devastate Northern California near the Redding, about 100 miles south of the Oregon border.
The Carr Fire was one of at least 16 significant blazes burning across the country in the midst of high summer temperatures and dry conditions, the San Francisco Chronicle.
Two firefighters were killed in the Carr Fire on Thursday, bringing the total number of firefighters killed in the state this season, three of the newspaper.
Update #CarrFire 11 pm #KTVU, heartbreaking loss of homes and all too familiar for our region, 500 structures damaged or destroyed pic.twitter.com/HreLm93hKS
— Debora Villalon (@DeboraKTVU) July 28, 2018
In Redding, about 500 homes and other buildings were believed to have been destroyed, with as many as 5,000 in the area still threatened.
Emily Roberts, 5, her brother, James Roberts, 4, and their great-grandmother, Melody Bledsoe, 70, has not been seen since Thursday night, when the fire reached their Salvation house, a friend of the family told the Chronicle.
Donald Kewley said he called Bledsoe the house as the flames approached.
“She was screaming, ‘It’s getting closer!'” Kewley told the Chronicle. “Then the phone went dead.”
On Friday, Kewley said he and Bledsoe the man tried to figure out what to do with the children and their great-grandmother, but had no luck.
One of the firefighters killed Thursday was identified as a fire inspector Jeremy Stoke, the Record in Light of the Rescue reported. The other was a contract bulldozer operator, whose name has not been released.
The fatalities brought this month’s death toll to three, after Frying Varney died 14 July while fighting a separate fire near Yosemite National Park.
“I can’t believe the intensity of this” — residents on the flight in the southwest of Redding marvel at how far the fire went into the city. https://t.co/EK88HvAolc
— Redding.com News Now (@BreakingNews_RS) July 27, 2018
The Carr Fire, which broke out on Monday, a mechanical problem with respect to a vehicle, expanded Thursday with jagged flames swept through the historic Gold Rush town of Shasta, and near Keswick, and threw the Sacramento River in an orange glow as she jumped at the banks in Redding.
Thursday night, the blaze entered the Salvation from the northwest and pushed out of the 37,000 residents.
The deadly heat has created tornado-like fire whirls,” said Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott, who begs to stay to evacuate.
“These are extreme circumstances,” Pimlott said. “This is how the fires are burning in California. We need to take heed. Evacuate. Evacuate. Evacuate.”
“These are extreme circumstances. This is how the fires are burning in California. We need to take heed. Evacuate. Evacuate. Evacuate.”
– Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott
Mark Ghilarducci, director of the state office of Emergency Services said the fire conditions that swept through California were unprecedented.
In the Rescue environment, entire neighborhoods are about the smoldering, while 37,000 people were under evacuation orders.
In the nearby town of Keswick, only a handful of houses remained.
Elsewhere in California, large fires continued to burn outside Yosemite National Park and the San Jacinto Mountains east of Los Angeles near Palm Springs.
Yosemite Valley has been closed since July 25 by a massive forest fire that had grown to almost 72 square kilometers.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.