Seventh person dies, northern California wildfires continue to spread

WION Web Team
California, USAUpdated: Aug 05, 2018, 11:01 AM IST

File photo. Photograph:(Reuters)

As a couple of other fast-growing wildfires in the state expanded by more than 25 per cent overnight, seventh person died in a northern California wildfire on Saturday, officials said.

More residents were ordered to evacuate their homes as weary firefighters endured high temperatures and gusting winds.

The Carr fire, about 162 miles north of Sacramento, claimed the life of a power company lineman Saturday, according to a CBS affiliate citing a spokesman for the PG&E Corporation.

Neither a spokesman with the electric company nor fire officials were immediately available for comment.

The Carr fire, one of the most destructive in California history, had already killed six people, including a great-grandmother and two small children, and a firefighter and bulldozer operator.

No other details about the death were made public.