Some Evacuations Lifted in Northern California

Compiled from Associated Press reports
Updated: July 30, 2018 06:01 PM

REDDING, Calif. (AP) - Some evacuations orders have been lifted around a Northern California wildfire area near the city of Redding.

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The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said people can return to several neighborhoods in western Redding as of Monday morning.

The huge blaze near Redding has displaced 38,000 from their homes and killed six people.

Fire officials say the deadly blaze has slowed its growth after days of rapid expansion.

The blaze burning for more than a week has scorched 155 square miles and destroyed 723 homes.

It has killed two firefighters and four civilians.

A man whose wife and two great-grandchildren were killed by the huge wildfire says he did not receive any type of warning to evacuate.  Ed Bledsoe tells CBS News he did not know his home was in danger when he left his wife, Melody, and the 4- and 5-year-old children to run an errand on Thursday.

Bledsoe says he received a phone call from his wife 15 minutes later saying he needed to get home because the fire was approaching. He says one of the children told him the fire was at the back door.

Bledsoe says he tried to return but the road was blocked with cars and flames prevented him from returning on foot.

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko tells the network there's an investigation into whether the Bledsoe home received a warning call or a knock on the home's door. The sheriff says there is evidence that door-to-door notifications were made in the area.


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