The Carr Fire gave 92,000 residents in the embattled city of Redding, Calif., a breather Sunday, continuing its turn toward rural Shasta and Trinity counties. But the threat wasn’t over, a sixth fatality was discovered, and public safety officials remained cautious about allowing any of the 38,000 evacuees to return home.
Fire fighting conditions improved in and around Redding, as winds stayed calm throughout the day. “We are very encouraged with the fire status in the city today,” said Cal Fire incident manager Bret Gouvea in an afternoon press briefing. “We’ve had no movement on the fire over the last day inside the city limits.”
Even so, the death toll from the fire grew. Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said a sixth person had been found dead Sunday. He wouldn’t say where the person died but added that the victim had received an evacuation notice but didn’t leave. In addition, seven people in Redding remain missing, he said.