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California Carr Fire is the 9th most destructive in state history; twin blazes threatening 10G houses

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Two firefighters among the six victims of the forest fires in California

Flames torch thousands of acres in The Golden State.

A deadly wildfire raging in Northern California that has killed at least six people it is now the ninth most destructive in the state history, as firefighters work to battle 17 other big brands burning across the Golden State.

Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean told the Associated Press on Monday, Carr Fire in the vicinity of Redding has destroyed more than 800 houses and damaged another 165.

The huge blaze, which has swallowed up 103,772 acres, is now 23 percent contained after burning for more than a week. Two firefighters and four people, including a great-grandmother and her two great-grandchildren, died in the fire.

Houses leveled by the Carr Fire line the Lake Keswick Estates area of Redding, California.

(AP Photo/Noah Berger)

More than 27,000 people remain evacuated. However, another 10,000 were allowed to return home on Monday as fire crews managed to strengthen some of the containment lines.

The people who returned to their homes for the first time on Monday found neighborhoods reduced to piles of rubble and ashes.

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Sixth person killed in Carr fire burning in California

“It’s just been devastating,” Sarah Joseph-Anaya told FOX40. “It is so difficult. I just can’t my mind around.”

GRANDFATHER TELLS ABOUT THE FRANTIC PHONE CALL FROM HIS GRANDSON AS CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES CLOSED

Joseph Anaya, who is the owner of a house in the Keswick Estates area of Redding, told FOX40 they “lost.”

“I’ve lost everything,” she said. “They gave you like five minutes to come out. Well, what do you grab in five minutes?”

A fire truck along a smoldering hill as the Carr Fire burns along Highway 299 unincorporated Shasta County, California.

(AP Photo/Noah Berger)

About 12,000 firefighters were at the blaze, and fire officials were hopeful that they could make progress. Law enforcement officials said at least 19 people are still missing.

TWIN WILDFIRE THREAT

A firefighter monitors a burning building to ensure fire does not spread of the River and the Fire burns in Lakeport, Calif., on Monday, July 30, 2018.

(AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Two fires in Mendocino and Lake county, about 100 miles south of Redding, threatening more than 10,000 homes, and has burned some 107 square miles of land.

In Lake County, evacuation orders were in effect for the 4,700-resident city of Lakeport, together with a number of smaller municipalities and a part of Groningen National Forest. In all, some 10,000 people have been warned to flee, fire officials said.

“It is the safest for all residents here,” Cal Fire spokeswoman Amy Head told FOX40. “If the fire goes to a large push in the city, we need to ensure that they were out.”

An air tanker runs behind a smoke plume while the battle of the River Fire in Lakeport, Calif., on Monday, July 30, 2018.

(AP Photo/Noah Berger)

At least seven homes have been destroyed and the fire department conducted numerous water-and fire-retardant drops on the blaze.

14-FOOT PYTHON THAT ESCAPED CALIFORNIA CARR CAUGHT FIRE AFTER SLIPPERY IN THE STREETS OF THE CITY

Not everyone is heeding the evacuation of the employees. Derick Hughes II remained behind at his home in Nice, California, where he ran sprinklers on the roof and removed yard plants that can catch fire.

A wildfire crests over a ridge, threatening a house, bottom right, Monday, July 30, 2018, in Lakeport, Calif.

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The 32-year-old Marine Corps veteran, told the Associated Press that his wife and two daughters evacuated to safety, along with three carloads of belongings. Hughes told the AP that he had too much at stake to abandon, after the purchase of his house last year with the help of a loan from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“This is all I have bled for, and I worked hard to get where I am, and I’m just not willing to be so easy,” he told the AP. “Some people think it is selfish of me, and I have the insurance. But the way things are going, I would rather not start.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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