The Latest: California wildfire forces more evacuations

RESCUE, California. – The Latest on California’s devastating forest fires (all times are local):

6:40 pm

More evacuations are ordered as a devastating wildfire torches an area in and around the Northern California town of Redding.

The fire that broke out Monday exploded late Thursday and drove in small communities west of Redding before entering the city.

Fire officials say dozens of houses have been burned, although the circumstances make it impossible to determine an accurate count, and the number could climb much higher.

A bulldozer operator on the fire lines was killed and three firefighters suffered burns. Some citizens have also been injured.

Mandatory evacuations were extended overnight to the city of Shasta Lake, which has about 10,000 inhabitants.

s of Rescue, with more than 92,000 inhabitants and is the largest city in the region, also have been evacuated.


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An explosive wildfire tore through two small Northern California communities, killing a bulldozer operator on the fire lines, burning three firefighters, and destroying dozens of homes and forcing thousands of terrified residents to flee.

Fire swept through the communities of Shasta and Keswick for the jump of the Sacramento River on Thursday, and the attainment of Salvation It is a city of approximately 92,000 people and is the largest in the region.

Residents in the western part of the Salvation that is not yet under evacuation orders were caught off guard and had to flee with little notice, causing miles-long traffic jams as the flames turned the sky orange.

Many firefighters turned their attention from the flames to get people out alive.

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