A raging wildfire has killed two people in Northern California near its border with OR, destroyed buildings and forced evacuations after it jumped the Sacramento River.
What Ing witnessed was the Carr Fire, a rapidly growing blaze that jumped the Sacramento River and entered Redding's city limits on the west side of town on Thursday.
A fire official said the blaze was "taking down everything in its path". "It's just a wall of flames".
In the Sierra Nevada, famed Yosemite National Park closed Wednesday as smoke from a fire to the west cast a pall on the region.
Winds reportedly reached 60 miles per hour on Thursday night in Shasta County, Cali., and up to 30 miles per hour on Friday morning.
"It was literally a firenado barreling down on Redding", they said. Temperatures are forecast to reach 110 (43 Celsius) Friday.
A reporter with Redding television station KRCR choked up as she reported live updates about the fire before the station had to go off the air later. CAL FIRE officials said under 5,000 structures are at risk.
About 3,200 people were asked to evacuate more than 2,000 homes in the Idyllwild, Apple Canyon, Lake Hemet, Mountain Center, Hurkey Creek and Camp Scherman areas, according to the Forest Service.
Jeremy died while battling the Carr Fire.
Some 1,750 firefighters are battling the blaze, Cal Fire said. "There's a lot of fire, a lot of structures burning".
Residents were evacuated to a nearby college and elementary school, and a local ABC news station stopped covering the fire in order to evacuate.
"This fire is extremely unsafe and moving with no regard for what's in its path", he said.
Earlier in the day with flames exploding around Whiskeytown Lake, an effort to save boats at a marina by untying them from moorings and pushing them to safety, wasn't swift enough to spare them all.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials say the fire that started in the Whiskeytown community is 45 square miles (115 square kilometers).
A suspected serial arsonist has been arrested for allegedly setting fires that forced the evacuation of thousands of residents across southern California.
California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Shasta and Riverside Counties.
The blaze on Thursday killed a bulldozer operator as he worked to try to contain the blaze. The Ferguson Fire in central California engulfed some 44,000 acres as of Thursday evening and continued to grow near Yosemite National Park. Damate then pleaded with residents to follow the evacuation order in place and "stay safe".
A wildfire authorities believe was sparked by arson has burned five homes and forced an entire forest town east of Los Angeles to evacuate.