A fire in Northern California was intensifying over the weekend as firefighters battled the blaze that has wreaked havoc on Redding, Calif., and threatens to engulf surrounding cities, according to reports.
The wildfire grew by about 35% overnight, spreading out to a roughly 130-square-mile area, encroaching on southwest cities of Ono, Igo and Gas Point, according to a report from the Associated Press,
“We’re not getting a break with the weather,” Chris Anthony, a spokesman for Cal Fire, the state agency responsible for fighting wildfires, told AP.
“It just continues to be really hot, really dry and we continue to get those winds…This fire’s getting so big and there are so many different parts to it.”
A 70-year-old woman and her two great-grandchildren have died in the fires, bringing the death toll so far for the so-called Carr Fire to five, according to a report from USA Today,
The Northern California fire, which began Monday, has raged for the past six days and has been propelled in part by strong winds, according to reports. About 37,000 people have orders to evacuated their homes, with just about 5% of the blaze being held in check by firefighters, USA Today wrote.
The fire in California comes as another blaze some 6,484 miles away in Greece has claimed the lives of 83 people thus far.
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