Another 55 buildings are reportedly damaged. CHP says he was driving a auto that matched the description of a vehicle seen near the origin of the fire. The Carr Fire in Shasta County has since claimed the lives of a bulldozer operator and a city of Redding firefighter, according to officials from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the U.S. National Park Service and the Shasta County Sheriff's Office. No other details were provided. Braden Varney, 36, a heavy fire equipment operator, was killed last weekend while battling another blaze near Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite Valley will be closed until at least Sunday, along with a winding, mountainous, 20-mile (32-kilometre) stretch of California's State Route 41 that leads into the area, Gediman said.
Friday's fire-related weather forecasts wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour moving southeast near the fire and canyons and afternoon humidity as low as 5-10 percent.
Firefighters face a hard task in the days ahead, with dry conditions and temperatures expected to reach 110 F on Friday.
The blaze in the San Jacinto Mountains erupted Wednesday and quickly turned into a wall of flame that torched timber and tinder-dry brush.
It was threatening an estimated 600 homes, authorities said.
Elsewhere in the state, a huge forest fire continued to grow outside Yosemite National Park.
Hundreds of people who fled their homes because of a massive Northern California wildfire are crowding into shelters as the blaze brightens the sky with a red glow.
A city in California has been left looking like hell on earth after a rapidly moving wildfire jumped across a river.
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Con Girondis Burdeos , Malcom alcanzó los 96 partidos disputados en los que logró un total de 23 goles y 13 asistencias.
An evacuation center has been set up at Banning High School in Banning.
Authorities ordered evacuations for a number of communities in the area, including Idyllwild, the Apple Canyon area, Mountain Center Community, the lake Helmet area and the Hurkey Creek area.
People in the western part of Redding, which has about 92,000 residents, were also asked to evacuate.
The blaze that broke out Monday exploded late Thursday and raced into small communities west of Redding before entering the city limits.
Firefighters tried in vain to build containment around the blaze Thursday, but flames kept jumping their lines, he said.
An explosive wildfire tore through two small Northern California communities Thursday before reaching homes in the city of Redding, destroying dozens of structures and a historic schoolhouse, and causing burn injuries to civilians and firefighters, a state fire official said.
Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean said the Carr Fire in Shasta County is "taking everything down in its path", having already burned dozens of homes in the communities of Shasta, Keswick and the west side of Redding on Thursday night, adding that Redding residents had little warning try to evacuate.
Residents located east of Trinity Mountain Road use evacuation center located at Shasta College 11555 Old Oregon Trail in Redding.