Killing eight people and burning more than 220,000 acres over 38 days: California’s seventh largest EVER wildfire which started from a spark on a flat tire, is FINALLY extinguished

Friday, August 31, 2018
By Paul Martin

Fire officials announced on Thursday that the Carr Fire is fully contained
The fire began on July 23 by a spark from a flat tire on a couple’s trailer
Fire officials said the couple is devastated and blames themselves for the fire
The Carr Fire burned 229,651 acres and destroyed 1,604 homes and structures
Eight people were killed including a grandmother and her two great-children

31 August 2018

The Carr Fire, a massive blaze in northern California that claimed the lives of eight people and destroyed thousands of homes, has been fully contained, fire officials said.

The blaze started 38 days ago, on July 23, near Redding after a trailer’s tire blew out. The inferno spread quickly throughout Shasta and Trinity Counties burning 229,651 acres, destroying 1,604 structures and damaging 279 others.

The Carr Fire, the seventh largest in the state’s history, also claimed the lives of eight people, including a grandmother and her two great-grandchildren.

After more than a month of battling the wildfire, Cal Fire officials announced in a Facebook post late Thursday night that it is 100 per cent contained.

Firefighters will still patrol the fire for several days and fire suppression repair remains ongoing.

‘We have hand lines all around it and the threat is completely out,’ a Cal Fire spokesman told the San Francisco Gate.

Officials said 456 firefighters from five crews were used to battle the massive blaze. There were three firefighter fatalities.

Bulldozer operator Don Ray Smith 81, was found dead by rescue personnel in mid-July while clearing vegetation. Officials said he was overtaken by the wildfire. Redding fire inspector Jeremiah Stoke, 37, was killed on July 26 while evacuating residents in west Redding when he was overtaken by a fire tornado, also called a fire whirl.

Cal Fire mechanic Andrew Brake, 40, was killed on August 9 when his work vehicle veered off the road around a curve and crashed into a tree. PG&E lineman Jairus Ayeta, 21, and mobile home resident Daniel Edwards Bush, 62, were also among the fatalities.

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