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Firefighters battle 17 wildfires across California, other U.S. states and Canada

31 July 2018

The blaze has killed two firefighters and four civilians as well as destroying 818 homes and 311 outbuildings and has damaged 165 other homes, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott McLean said.

Thankfully, Google Maps has released its 2018 California fire map that lists updates on the various blazes, as well as a Google Crisis Map with information about air quality, evacuation orders, shelters, fire containment statistics, road closures, and more. The three apparently failed to heed an evacuation order for the Redding area, according to KCRA in Sacramento.

Firefighters and police are searching for seven people reported missing, Bosenko said.

Authorities had not reopened any evacuated neighborhoods where fires raged due to safety and ongoing investigations and urged people to be patient, saying they would soon let residents back.

Amanda Woodley, the granddaughter of Ed and Melody, shared her grief in a Facebook post over the weekend.

"She wet a bunch of blankets and put them down at the side of the bed". With the worst blazes raging across Northern California near Redding with more smaller fires burning across Southern California, the 2018 California wildfires are hard to keep track of.

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The blazes have killed four firefighters in California in a little more than two weeks.

The family said authorities told them the boy had called 911 from the house, relatives told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Sherry Bledsoe's two children, James Roberts, 5, and Emily Roberts, 4, were stranded with their great-grandmother Melody Bledsoe, 70, when walls of flames swept through the family's rural property Thursday on the outskirts of Redding.

Officials battling the blaze told the news conference in Redding they were feeling more optimistic on Sunday afternoon and starting to gain ground on the Carr Fire.

Nearly 3,400 firefighters battling the Carr fire have begun to gain control of it, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

"This fire was whipped up into a whirlwind of activity" by gale-force winds, he said, "uprooting trees, moving vehicles, moving parts of roadways".

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Damante met her husband at their home, where a skyline filled with smoke and flames was visible from their backyard. McGlover, 32, of Temecula was booked on suspicion of five counts of arson , state fire officials said.

Officials said Monday that 723 homes have been destroyed by that fire, up from a previous count of 657 homes lost.

The fire was just 17 percent contained, however, and there was no end in sight to the blazing heat blamed for "firenadoes" - twisting, whirlwinds of flame and ash. "The fire continues to burn through a large wilderness area", said Doug Binnewies, the Mariposa County sheriff and coroner. On Sunday a firefighter died tackling an inferno near Yosemite National Park in central California.

A spokesperson for American Red Cross said Bethel Church offered their site as an evacuation center, but their location was too close to the fire line to have people staying overnight.

"He said "Come and get me, the fire's comin" in the back door". More than 4,500 buildings were under threat, officials said.

Keswick, a mountain town of about 450 people, was reduced to an ashy moonscape of blackened trees and smoldering ruins. "We are simply not getting a break". People across the state right now should be on alert that if there's a fire that is burning in the area, although it may look small and fairly benign at one point, can quickly change, and Redding was an unfortunate and tragic example of just how fast conditions can change on these fires.

The fire grew slightly to 131 square miles (340 square kilometers) Saturday.

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The children's mother, Sherry Bledsoe, was quoted by the Sacramento Bee as saying: "My kids are deceased, that's all I can say". Bosenko said authorities are still looking for seven people after finding nine others who had been reported missing.

Firefighters battle 17 wildfires across California, other U.S. states and Canada