The Carr Fire has killed six people and charred almost 84,000 acres since erupting near Redding as some 3,500 firefighters struggled through a seventh day to corral the flames.
On Saturday, Bledsoe's husband had the sad duty of identifying the remains.
President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency on Saturday and a tearful Sherry Bledsoe confirmed the deaths of her grandmother, Melody Bledsoe, and her children, James Roberts, 5, and Emily Roberts, 4 in the city of Redding.
Five people have died in the blaze, including a woman and her two great-grandchildren. Redding Fire Department Inspector Jeremy Stoke was also killed battling the blaze, officials said.
The air chokes with the smell of smoke and chemicals, smoldering what's left of people's lives. The Carr fire, still mostly uncontained, so thoroughly devoured homes as it roared through Shasta County that it's hard to say how many were there just days before.
The Carr Fire is the worst of 17 wildfires being fought by 12,000 firefighters in California.
Woodley said Bledsoe did everything she could to save the children.
"All of our food was there, and now we're draining our checking account trying to keep gas in the auto and buy food too", she said while grabbing a hot meal at a Red Cross shelter.
Some residents drove to hotels or the homes of family members in safer parts of California, while other evacuees poured into a shelter just outside of town. The fire had not grown inside the city limits since Saturday, Gouvea said. "I just keep seeing all of their lovely faces".
"But I still tried to get down in there and they come and stopped me and wouldn't let me get down in there". It was said to be at 10 percent containment. They also said it was moving away from populated areas. More than 5,000 structures were threatened, and the fire was just 5 percent contained.
Some evacuations have been lifted but officials said Yosemite Valley, the heart of tourism in the park, will remain closed until August 3.
Firefighters discuss plans while battling the Carr Fire in Shasta Calif. on Thursday
Meanwhile, about 120 miles southwest of Redding, two blazes prompted mandatory evacuations in Mendocino County.
Romero said there are still many uncertainties that could cause the fire to explode.
The Carr fire is one of nearly 90 active large fires now burning in the USA, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. The blaze began as a small wildfire and erupted into a living hellscape.
Trees burst into flame during the Carr fire near Whiskeytown, California on July 27, 2018.
"It looked like a war zone, " he said. Police Chief Roger Moore said people were reportedly driving around evacuation zones and breaking down doors of houses still standing.
"It's pretty emotional", Terri Hill said. "I know it's just stuff". A lot of memories. "That is kind of that new normal that we are dealing with in California".
She eventually jumped the curb onto a sidewalk and "booked it". Local journalist Tamara Damante was co-anchoring live coverage of the Carr Fire when she and her colleagues were forced to evacuate ABC affiliate KRCR's station in Redding.
Teague says they nearly had to abandon rescue efforts just before dawn. Despite the efforts of 3400 active fire personnel, the blaze is winning.
"The boat docks down there - all the way out in the water - 30 to 40 boats caught fire when the fire laid down on top of them last night and burned those up", said fire Chief Mike Hebrard of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
When he returned Friday, his fence had burned along with a backyard shed and everything inside it - Christmas ornaments, china and old televisions.
"This was my house since I was born", he said, getting emotional.
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