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Utility services have become an issue in the city; some power lines and poles were damaged or destroyed by the fire, leaving roughly 8,000 people without power.

Another person was found dead after a fire consumed a house, Bosenko said Sunday.

At least six people have died and seven were still missing in Shasta County, California, as the monstrous Carr Fire continued to grow Sunday, authorities said. Friday afternoon the Redding Fire Department confirmed that Inspector Jeremy Stoke perished. He rushed back to his home to try to retrieve possessions but by the time he arrived, authorities had closed the road.

Moore said property can be replaced, noting that the fire had also taken lives.

Redding Police Sergeant Todd Cogle stressed that the number of those unaccounted for had fluctuated during the past two days - from as many as 20 to as few as 12 - as some who were reported missing turned up safe while others were added to the list. Triple-digit temperatures and dry vegetation are making it hard for crews to corral the blaze.

The fires have spread across 48,000 acres (194 sq km) of land - an area larger than the city of San Francisco.

Firefighters discuss plans while battling the Carr Fire in Shasta Calif. on Thursday
Firefighters discuss plans while battling the Carr Fire in Shasta Calif. on Thursday

Teague says they nearly had to abandon rescue efforts just before dawn.

In the past year, neighborhoods in the northern California wine country city of Santa Rosa and the southern California beach city of Ventura have been devastated.

California fire officials say wildfires around the state have forced roughly 50,000 people from their homes.

Despite the California National Guard is operating two C-130 tankers capable of dropping 3,000 gallons of retardant on each pass and Reaper Unmanned Aerial System drones to real-time imagery to coordinate ground efforts for 3,410 firefighters, the Carr Fire is only 5 percent contained and spreading in all directions.

Family members had been desperately looking for them since flames leveled the home where they were stranded on Thursday.

Two firefighters were killed and the latest tally of 500 destroyed structures was sure to rise.

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As of Sunday morning, the blazed had burned 89,194 acres or 139 square miles, which is the size of Detroit, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire.

"This fire was whipped up into a whirlwind of activity" by gale-force winds, he said, "uprooting trees, moving vehicles, moving parts of roadways".

The Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County has burned 53,646 acres and is 30% contained. The Yosemite and Southern California blazes had burned almost 100 square miles (260 square kilometers). Despite the efforts of 3,400 active fire personnel, the blaze is winning.

In addition to the Carr Fire, more than a dozen other large wildfires are burning throughout California, stretching resources.

Decker said 5-year-old James idolized his great-grandfather and wanted to wear suspenders just like him.

"There's so much smoke up there, it's actually keeping the temperature down by about 10 degrees", Barufaldi said.

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The conditions the firefighters are facing are unprecedented, a mix of "incredibly hot temperatures, steep terrain and heavy wind". It then jumped the Sacramento River and took out subdivisions on the western edge of Redding. More than 5,000 structures are threatened and tens of thousands of people are under evacuation orders.

Two firefighters have also died in the blaze.

Anna Noland, 49, was evacuated twice in three days before learning through video footage that the house she last saw under dark and windy skies had burned. She said she nearly grabbed a box of mementos - trinkets, diaries, ticket stubs from her favorite movies - but then thought it would take up too much room in the vehicle.

It was pushing southwest of Redding on Saturday, toward the tiny communities of Ono, Igo and Gas Point.

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