Emergency officials announced on Monday, July 30, that progress is being made in containing the so-called Carr Fire near Redding in northern California. As of Monday, the fire is about 20 percent contained and has burned over 39,000 hectares (98,000 acres). At least 723 homes have been destroyed and another 159 damaged, forces tens of thousands of people to evacuate in Shasta county, including from areas around the city of Redding. Officials have confirmed that at least six people have been killed by the fire as of Monday, and at least 19 people are still missing.
The blaze is expected to spread over the coming days, aided by expected hot and dry weather and an abundance of dry vegetation. According to officials, further evacuations are possible and there are emergency plans to evacuate the entire city of Redding if necessary. Up-to-date information can be found on the CalFire website.
The fire ignited on July 23 after a vehicle malfunctioned near the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Wildfires are frequent in California from May through November.
Individuals in affected areas are advised to exercise caution when traveling in areas near the wildfire, adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders), and monitor the situation. Children and those with respiratory illnesses are advised to limit outdoor activity.
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