So far the Carr Fire has burned more than 44,000 acres and is only three-percent contained and has already destroyed 65 structures.
The hamlet of French Gulch that dates to the Gold Rush era was evacuated after a vehicle problem ignited the blaze on Monday. "The fire community is extremely heartbroken for this loss".
He says an unknown number of firefighters and civilians have burns but couldn't elaborate. Marin County reported that three of its firefighters working on defending structures were burned on their ears, face and hands by a sudden blast of heat.
So far, one person - a bulldozer operator - has been killed in the so-called Carr Fire, a blaze in Shasta County that has tripled in size in the last two days to 28,000 acres, the state's forestry and fire protection department said.
"I've never experienced something so terrifying in my life", said Liz Williams, who loaded up two kids in her auto and then found herself locked in bumper-to-bumper traffic with neighbours trying to retreat from Lake Redding Estates. One firefighter responding to that blaze was killed - Cory Iverson, a 32-year-old with Cal Fire who left behind a pregnant wife and a 2-year-old daughter. Over the past two decades the fire seasons has become longer, stretching from May to November or December.
A Cal Fire spokesman could only confirm portions of west Redding were under evacuation.
Late Thursday, the city said its electric utility would be shutting down power to most of north Redding at the request of fire authorities "and to maintain system stability due to multiple line outages".
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She added, "There was just no messing around".
"I didn't know if I'd make it so I just got in the middle of the street, went down the middle of the street through the embers and the smoke and made it past", Hobson said. "We are going to leave the station because is now unsafe to be here". "It doesn't sound good".
People in the western part of Redding, which has about 92,000 residents, were also asked to evacuate.
California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Shasta and Riverside Counties.
This year so far, nearly 1.6 million hectares have been blackened by wildfires, above a 10-year average of 1.5 million hectares over the same period, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
The Ferguson fire, which has burned close to 46,000 acres near Yosemite national park and caused the death of a firefighter, prompted national parks officials to close the most popular areas, including evacuating the famous Yosemite valley at the peak of tourist season.
The fire allegedly was intentionally set Wednesday and quickly spread through timber and brush near the town of Idyllwild and other communities about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Los Angeles.