Wildfire Ravages California; Bethel Church, Victims Say 'God's Got Us'

Where things now stand

As of Monday night, the fire was 23 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

A neighborhood near Keswick dam outside of Redding, California goes up in flames as residents flee July 26, 2018. | (Photo: Judah Gowan)

Fire crews have been working around the clock fighting the blaze and building control lines. More than 3,300 personnel are presently combating the flames.

Evacuation centers have been set up throughout Redding that authorities have deemed safe. Although the blaze jumped the Sacramento River, the Carr Fire has not crossed Interstate-5 into the eastern part of the city.

Evacuation orders remain in effect for thousands of people.

Local and national reports indicate that around 40,000 residents have evacuated. 

Sources who evacuated said so much ash was in the air that driving at night was like driving during a snowstorm. Good cooperation among residents is happening though some looting is also reportedly occurring.

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