ocalyptic scenes like this emerging from a city in northern California, where thousands of residents are fleeing a raging wildfire Friday, with homes and businesses burned to the ground. According to fire officials, a private bulldozer operator was killed in the so-called Cal fire, a blaze that has tripled in size over the last two days to 28,000 acres.
The wildfire, which started on Monday, has crossed the Sacramento River and now threatens hundreds of homes on the western fringes of Redding, a city of 90,000 people.>> This fire is extremely dangerous and moving with no regard for what's in it's path.>> Hot, dry weather has been fueling the flames with a temperature in Redding peaking at 113 degrees Fahrenheit Thursday, and hovering around the late 90s at night.
Even as more than seventeen hundred firefighters are battling the blaze, authorities say only 6% of the Cal Fire has so far been contained. Massive wildfires are also burning in central and southern California. The Ferguson fire caused the largest closing of Yosemite National Park in 30 years and the Cranston fire in the San Jacinto Mountains in southern California is only 5% contained.