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Record-Breaking Fire Tornado Killed California Firefighter

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(AP) – In the history of California wildfires there has never been anything like it: A churning tornado filled with fire, the size of three football fields.

An official report describes in chilling detail the intensity of the rare fire phenomenon and how quickly it took the life of Redding firefighter Jeremy Stoke, who was enveloped in seconds as he tried to evacuate residents on July 26.

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State agencies will provide free cleanup help to survivors of the Carr Fire, which won’t exactly get people back on their feet, but it will at least open the road to recovery.

Those whose homes were decimated by wildfire in the Redding area can receive both technical help and plenty of elbow grease that should clear the way to rebuilding. Brian Crane, the City of Redding’s Carr Fire recovery director, said the process is more involved than people might think.

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Two members of President Trump’s cabinet received a sobering taste of the power of nature Monday as they toured ruins in and around Redding, where the Carr Fire is blamed for taking eight lives and destroying more than a thousand homes.

A Cal Fire heavy equipment mechanic was killed early Thursday in an apparent single vehicle crash along State Route 99.  

 

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On Sunday, The Mercury News published "Homes in the fire zone: Risk growing as more people move to once rural regions,” which was reported by Lisa Krieger and delved into why California’s fire seasons seem to be getting worse, and why large areas once thought nearly immune from such risks are now recognized as quite vulnerable. 

Northern California was mentioned as having many at risk communities. This included the entire City of Chico that is considered to be in the Wildland Urban Interface, defined as where homes are built near or among lands prone to wildfire. 

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Monetary. Relief organizations taking monetary donations for the Carr Fire include:

Nearly a dozen government agencies and aid organizations will gather together under a single roof in Redding starting Thursday, aiming to provide answers and get victims of the Carr Fire back on their feet. 

 

 Bethel Church Redding and the Salvation Army are providing meals, food, bedding, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products and items for babies and toddlers to victims of the Carr Fire. 

 

With parts of the city in ruins, elected leaders gathering this morning to proclaim a local emergency in Redding. The designation will suspend competitive bidding requirements, allowing expedited repairs.

According to City Attorney Barry DeWalt, declaring a local emergency will also make it easier for Redding to receive state aid, along with federal funds, should they be made available.

Brad Alexander, a spokesman for the state Office of Emergency Services said officials’ primary concern has been fighting the fire, evacuations and restoring electricity once danger passes.

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This post was last updated at 10:08 a.m. on Sunday 7/29/18

CalFire is reporting that 536 structures have been destroyed in the Carr Fire. Five people have been killed, including two children. Officials are still assessing the number of destroyed and damaged homes. Currently 5,000 still remain threatened. The Carr Fire is currently the 18th most destructive wildfire that’s happened in California in the last 15 years. It’s nearly 90,000 acres and still 5 percent contained.

The following places are taking monetary donations for victims of the Carr Fire:

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