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In Southern California, thousands remained evacuated as a suspected arson wildfire burned in the San Jacinto Mountains east of Los Angeles.

The blaze that broke out Monday exploded late Thursday and raced into small communities west of Redding before entering the city limits.

He said the fire behavior was so erratic, there were tornadoes within the fire "tossing around equipment, blowing windows out of Cal Fire pickup trucks".

A bulldozer operator on the fire lines was killed and three firefighters suffered burns. Several firefighters and civilians have also been injured, fire officials said.

Residents located east of Trinity Mountain Road use evacuation center located at Shasta College 11555 Old Oregon Trail in Redding.

Authorities have also issued a smoke advisory for the region, advising that winds could bring smoke into various parts of Riverside County, including the Coachella Valley, Banning Pass, the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley, Perris Valley and Anza.

The fire grew 15,000 aces overnight from Wednesday to Thursday, and by evening took on another 8,000 acres. It was reported to be just 27 percent contained. Lauren sprung into action checking on numerous homes, offering some good news to many viewers who were able to see their homes for the first time since being evacuated on Wednesday.

Firefighters are battling steep and rugged terrain along with dry and receptive fuel beds.

A fast-moving wildfire-believed to have been sparked by arson-tore through trees, burned five homes, and forced evacuation orders for an entire forest town as California sweltered under a heat wave and battled ferocious fires at both ends of the state.

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William Blodgett of Idyllwild said he couldn't get home because of the fire and had to wait along with others at a gas station in nearby Mountain Center - until the fire hopped a highway and began to move in his direction.

"When I saw my rear-view mirror when we were driving away tonight", Damante said, "I don't know what the future holds for tomorrow morning in just a few hours".

"Right now, we are being evacuated", anchor Allison Woods said during Thursday night's broadcast.

Residents of the Northern California city of Redding fled their homes Friday morning as towering flames from an out-of-control wildfire swept into the western city limits and destroyed residences, authorities reported.

By midnight Thursday, the Carr Fire had burned almost 30,000 acres in Shasta County and was just 6 percent contained, according to data from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

He says an unknown number of firefighters and civilians have burns but couldn't elaborate.

A bulldozer operator was killed in the so-called Carr Fire, a blaze in Shasta County, which has tripled in size in the last 2 days to 28,000 acres (11,300 hectares), the state's forestry and fire protection department said.

Social media feeds showed images of a large populated area bathed in orange flames as the fire jumped the Sacramento River and reached Redding.

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