Carr Fire claims 7th death in California firefighters battle firestorm



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.

A Pacific Gas & Electric company worker was killed Saturday while doing the restoration work in the vicinity of the Carr Fire, becoming the seventh victim of the wildfire has claimed from the beginning of the path of destruction more than a week ago.

PG&E’s Melissa Subbotin, confirmed to Fox News that Jay Ayeta, who is an apprentice lineman with the utility company, was killed while working in Western Shasta County. Subbotin said Ayeta “hit by a deadly accident” is linked to the Carr Fire, but gave no details about the incident.

The Carr Fire burns along Highway 299.

(Noah Berger)

“We have learned of the tragic death of a PG&E employee, who was working in the area of the Carr fire today. The safety of our employees and our customers is PG&E’s highest priority. Our thoughts and prayers are with our fallen member of the team, his family and our extended team. We work with the police to investigate the circumstances of the incident,” the company said in a statement to KCRA.


A Volkswagen Beetle burned by a forest fire called the Carr Brand is based on a stay in Redding.

(Noah Berger)

The fire continued to torch homes and buildings Sunday as thousands of firefighters have the fire. Two firefighters were among the seven people killed since the wildfire began. The Carr Fire, the sixth most destructive fire in California, it was reported 41 percent contained Sunday morning.

The White House on Saturday approved California’s request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Shasta County.

Firefighter Scott Brown sprays water on a backfire while battling the Carr Fire in Redding.

(Noah Berger)

“This is part of a trend – a new normal – that we have to deal with. We have to deal with the human, financial and governmentally,” California Gov. Jerry Brown said. “This kind of horrible situations bring people together, regardless of the lesser kind of ideologies and partisan considerations.”

The Carr Fire destroyed more than 1,000 homes and forced more than 40,000 to evacuate, the Sacramento Bee reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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