Houses destroyed by a bushfire are seen from an aerial view in the Mary Lake Subdivision in Redding, California., Aug. 10, 2018.
A huge Northern California wildfire that destroyed more than 1,000 homes and claimed eight lives is fully contained, state fire officials said Thursday.
The Carr Fire, which charrred almost 360 km in and around the Redding, is surrounded, Cal Fire officials said.
However, the fire department will continue to patrol the area for a number of days and the crews are still busy with the repair of broken fences and other damage caused by firefighters.
Burnt out cars sit in an area burned in the Carr Fire in Redding, California., Aug. 11, 2018.
The fire that raged for 38 days since July 23, is considered the seventh largest in the history of California and the Sacramento Bee reported that the wildfire is the sixth most destructive in state history.
A Cal Fire incident report showed 229,651 acres were burned, and 1079 residential structures destroyed.
#CarrFire [Def.] northwest of Anderson (Shasta County) is 100% included in 229,651 acres. Unified Command: CAL FIRE Shasta-Trinity Unit, US Forest Service, and Whiskeytown National Park. https://t.co/QmhauhZj9m pic.twitter.com/0fkrbJvxjX
— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) of 31 August 2018
The fire was started by sparks from a flat tire on a trailer, Redding Record Searchlight reported, with mention of the National Park Service. Salvation is about two-and-a-half-hour drive north of Sacramento.
The fire was blamed for the death of eight people, including four civilians, a Redding fire inspector and a bulldozer operator, the Bee reported.
A Pacific Gas & Electric, apprentice lineman, and a state fire heavy equipment mechanic assigned to the blaze died in vehicle-related accidents.
A woman and her two grandchildren were among the four civilians killed in hell.
‘MY BABIES ARE DEAD’: MOTHER, FAMILY MOURN FOR 2 KIDS, GRANDMOTHER KILLED BY CARR FIRE
Ed Bledsoe, 76, lost his wife Melody, and two great-grandchildren, James, 5, and Emily, 4, in the fire, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“I think they are on vacation and they are going to come back to me. It is the only way I can stay alive,” he told the paper.
“I think they are on vacation and they are going to come back to me. It is the only way I can continue to live.”
– Ed Bledsoe, lost his wife and two grandchildren in a fire
Amanda Woodley, Melody’s granddaughter, had shared her grief in a Facebook post in July.
“The family who lives in the city are all together mourning 3 beautiful souls,” Woodley wrote. “My heart is broken(.) I can’t believe that this is real(.) I keep seeing all their beautiful faces.”
Woodley wrote the post after leaving the sheriff’s office, describing her grandmother’s heroic deed.
“Grandma did everything she could to save them (James and Emily),” Woodley wrote. “She was hovering above them both with a wet blanket.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.