Carr Fire in Redding

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.

Live tweets:

First dispatch from the scene late Thursday night:

Carr Fire ‘moving with no regard to what’s in its path.’ West side of Redding evacuated

A1 story Saturday morning (published online Friday):

Carr Fire stories from before the blaze surged through Redding:

Fast-moving fire blocks Highway 299 in Shasta County, burning through Whiskeytown area

High winds and hot temperatures in Shasta County spread Carr Fire to nearly 7,000 acres

Carr Fire grows to more than 28,000 acres, putting residents west of Redding on alert

Follow-up stories:

Two more arrested in Redding for entering evacuated neighborhoods, police say

14-foot python that slithered away amid Redding evacuation found safe

‘Somebody hit the wrong button’: Thousands in Shasta Lake city were evacuated accidentally, sheriff says

Carr Fire update: 3 missing in Shasta County, new details emerge about 6th fatality

All missing residents in Shasta County accounted for, police say

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