REDDING, Calif., July 27 (Reuters) – At least two firefighters have died fighting a fast-growing wildfire that sent residents fleeing from the northern Californian city of Redding, where homes and businesses burned and power was cut on Friday, fire officials said.

The Shasta County Carr Fire grew by about 60 percent overnight, scorching 44,450 acres (18,000 hectares), state fire officials said.

Fire officials on Friday said the blaze killed a second firefighter, after earlier claiming the life of one operating a bulldozer. It was just 3 percent contained and threatened almost 500 homes and businesses, state officials.

via Two dead as raging California wildfire spreads near city – AOL Weather

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