>> Firefighters in Northern California are gaining ground on a massive wildfire that has killed at least six people and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses. The search continues for at least seven people who are still missing.>> These neighborhoods right now, still have a bunch of damaged homes, power lines, utilities that need to be restored first, before we open up the neighborhood completely.
The Carr fire has been burning for more than a week now outside Redding, devouring an area the size of Denver and forcing 38,000 people to leave their homes.>> I said
m right by, honey, just hold on, Grandpa's coming.>> Ed Bledsoe who lost his 70-year-old-wife and two great-grandchildren in the fire says he was never told to leave.
>> We had no idea, nobody told us nothing. If I'd had any kind of warning, I'd have never, ever left my family in that house. I'd have made them go with me.>> Shasta County authorities say they gave evacuation orders to people living in Redding. They're now investigating whether the Bledsoe home got a warning call or a door knock.
California is bearing the brunt of an extreme run of wildfires across the western part of the US driven by strong winds and record high temperatures. So far, four firefighters have died fighting wildfires this year, including two who were battling the Carr fire.