California blaze kills second firefighter as winds create fire ‘tornado’ 45000 acres, 37000 people evacuated, 125 homes destroyed

A fast-growing northern California wildfire has killed a second firefighter after high winds drove it into the city of Redding, prompting mass evacuations and destroying scores of homes.A further 5,000 dwellings and businesses are being threatened, officials said.

Flames raging in California’s scenic Shasta-Trinity area erupted into a firestorm that jumped across the Sacramento River and swept into the western side of Redding, forcing some of the city’s 90,000 residents to flee.

Firefighters and police “went into life-safety mode,” to usher civilians out of harm’s way, said Scott McLean, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire).

Streets in the Western town were all but deserted, with thick, brown smoke filling the air, and plumes of smoke rising to the west.

45000 acres, 37000 people evacuated, 125 homes destroyed, 2 casualties and only 3% contained..

Source: California blaze kills second firefighter as winds create fire ‘tornado’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)