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California Carr Fire more than 50 percent contained, but still growing

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Fire tornado caught on camera in the middle of California, Carr fire

Fire tornado caught on camera by the fire department central California, Carr fire.

California is two weeks old Carr Fire — which has killed six people and burned more than 1,000 homes — is now more than 50 percent contained, even as it continues to grow, state officials said Friday.

The year is the deadliest fire, in the Rescue area south of the Oregon border, grew to more than 180,000 hectares, but reached 53 percent containment on Friday, forestry and fire protection officials said, according to the Redding Record Searchlight.

“Firefighters continue to build and improve containment lines, and performing work in more active parts of the fire,” the officials said in a statement, adding that “mop-up and patrol to continue the efforts for the less active areas.”

Houses destroyed by a bushfire are seen from an aerial view in the Keswick near Redding, Calif., Friday, Aug. 10, 2018.

(Associated Press)

Of the six people who have perrished in the Carr Fire, two firefighters.

A state fire heavy equipment mechanic assigned to the fire, and a utility worker trying to restore power in the area of the fire were killed in a car accident.

The flame was burning in remote and rugged forest, grass, shrubs, and trees are so dry from years of drought and recent heat that the potential remained for the fire to grow, fire officials said.

Although the firefighters have made progress against the largest blaze in California history, officials said that the fire is not fully contained until September.

Salvation is about a three-and-a-half-hour drive north of San Francisco.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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