California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) lifted all remaining evacuation orders related to the so-called Carr Fire near Redding (California) at 14:30 (local time) on Wednesday, August 15. Public lands managed by the federal government will remain closed pending further investigation of possible hazards. CalFire urged residents to remain vigilant for possible future evacuation notices. As of 19:00 on Wednesday, the Carr Fire is 69 percent contained. Up-to-date information can be found on the CalFire website or its Twitter account.
The fire started on July 23 due to a spark from a vehicle near the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Eight people, including three firefighters, have died from the blaze, which has burned 86,815 hectares (214,527 acres) and destroyed over 1000 homes. Wildfires are common 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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