3 confirmed dead in California wildfire

Victims of California wildfire named

The Carr Fire, which has destroyed more than 650 homes, is the deadliest and most destructive of almost 90 wildfires burning from Texas to Oregon.

The kids' mom, Sherry Bledsoe, was in county jail at the time of the fire and was released on Saturday so she could grieve with her family.

The death toll has risen as a result of the so-called Carr fire burning in the Redding area north of San Francisco.

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

Wiliams was attempting to leave via auto with her two children but, like many others, was forced to leave on foot because of traffic.

Two firefighters were killed in the fire.

A burned out vehicle sits in front of a wildfire-ravaged home in Redding, California.

A firefighter knocks down a hot spot while working to stop the spread of the Carr Fire, west of Redding, Calif., July 27, 2018. She said she nearly grabbed a box of mementos - trinkets, diaries, ticket stubs from her favorite movies - but then thought it would take up too much room in the auto. The boy said he had to come back to the home because the flames were closing in.

Some residents drove to hotels or the homes of family members in safer parts of California, while other evacuees poured into a shelter just outside of town.

Ed Bledsoe rushed home, but was turned back by police.

More than 5,012 structures were threatened by the fire, officials said. "I just keep seeing all of their lovely faces". They also said it was moving away from populated areas.

The inferno is just 5 percent contained.

Some evacuations have been lifted but officials said Yosemite Valley, the heart of tourism in the park, will remain closed until August 3.

Eight people were treated for respiratory and burn-related injuries at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday morning.

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"I don't even have any more tears to cry", Decker said.

The Carr Fire is among 17 major fires blazing in California with more than 200,000 acres burning, the National Park Service told a news conference.

After days of fortifying the areas around Redding, fire crews were increasingly confident that the city would escape further damage. The blaze began as a small wildfire and erupted into a living hellscape.

"It looked like a war zone, " he said. "It's just like a bomb just hit each house and just exploded".

Redding Police Chief Roger Moore kept up an around-the-clock work schedule despite learning that his home was one of those destroyed.

Bonnie and Jerry Kieffaber grabbed most of their medications when they left their home in Redding on Thursday, but they forgot his insulin.

The remains were smoldering so hot, they couldn't get too close to see if anything had survived.

"It's pretty emotional", Terri Hill said.

"I just don't know what I've done wrong". A lot of memories.

On Saturday, US authorities called the family into the sheriff's office with news of the search's grim conclusion - and details of a matriarch's final, futile act.

Liz Williams loaded up two kids in her auto and then found herself locked in bumper-to-bumper traffic with neighbors trying to flee from Lake Redding Estates. She eventually jumped the curb onto the sidewalk and "booked it".

"Grandma did everything she could to save them", Woodly wrote.

"I talked to them until the fire got them", he was quoted as saying. Despite the efforts of 3400 active fire personnel, the blaze is winning. For the Fire Chief, conditions are risky: "Extreme is not even the right adjective to use any more it is just an understatement because fire is so explosive now in California".

Corona wept as he thought of things they lost in the house. "C'mon Grandpa.' I said 'I'm right down the road'".

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