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Offbeat Four still missing in Redding and Old Shasta after destructive Carr fire

06:00  01 august  2018
06:00  01 august  2018 Source:   latimes.com

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Four still missing in Redding and Old Shasta after destructive Carr fire . Authorities in Shasta County are looking for four people reported missing after the deadly Carr fire swept into neighborhoods and destroyed hundreds of homes.

The fire has burned an area four times the size of San Francisco. The 1,018 homes, 12 Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said all missing people reported to his office had been accounted for. Firefighter Scott Brown sprays water on a backfire while battling the Carr Fire in Redding , Calif., on

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Authorities in Shasta County are looking for four people who remain missing after the deadly Carr fire swept through neighborhoods and destroyed hundreds of homes.

Investigators found 16 other people safe Tuesday afternoon, within about two hours of releasing a list of names of people they had not been able to reach. Many of the residents fled their homes so quickly that they left behind their cellphones or chargers.

“This fire moved through our city so fast that a lot of people left their homes in such a hurry, they didn’t bring their electronic devices with them,” said Redding Police Sgt. Todd Cogle.

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Power has been restored in Shasta Lake after a city-wide outage Thursday night, but the mandatory evacuation order for the entire city remains in effect Again, evacuation centers are set up at Shasta College in Redding and Weaverville Elementary School in Weaverville. Chief Brett Gouvea of Cal

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The four who remain missing are:

  • Bruce Brown, of Old Shasta
  • Richard Bigby, of Redding
  • Justin Jones, of Redding
  • Glenda Prusa, of Redding

Brown lived in a mobile home park, and authorities said his residence may have been destroyed. “I just know that Old Shasta was hit pretty hard,” Cogle said.

Investigators confirmed that the homes of the three missing Redding residents remain intact, Cogle said. Since Friday, authorities have taken 60 missing persons reports.

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The Carr fire had burned 112,888 acres by Tuesday evening and crews increased containment to 30%. The blaze has destroyed at least 1,378 structures — more than last year’s Thomas fire in Southern California — making it the 13th deadliest wildfire in California history and one of the most destructive, according to state figures.

The majority of the damage was in west Redding and some surrounding areas. As damage assessments continue, authorities expect the fire’s ranking to climb even higher.

Anyone with information on the people unaccounted for is asked to call the Missing Persons Hotline at (530) 225-4277.

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