I started tracking the deadly Carr Fire several days before it surged into the 90,000-person town of Redding in far Northern California, so The Sacramento Bee sent me up to cover it. I arrived at about 10 p.m. the night that west Redding was being evacuated as flames scorched dozens of houses. I got close to the fire, interviewed evacuated residents and drove through charred hillsides for about 20 hours straight, all the while live tweeting what I saw and heard and feeding copy back to reporters in the newsroom. The following week, I continued writing follow-up stories (including another A1 article) about the Carr Fire, which ended up killing seven people, and was the sixth most destructive fire in state history.
First dispatch from the scene late Thursday night:
A1 story Saturday morning (published online Friday):
Carr Fire stories from before the blaze surged through Redding: