A raging wildfire in northern California has killed two firefighters and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.
The blazes, known as the Carr fire, have destroyed at least 500 structures and are threatening thousands of homes.
The wildfire began on Monday and has scorched over 48,000 acres (194 sq km) of land -- an area larger than the city of San Francisco.
The fire has led to the evacuation of 38,000 residents within Shasta County and the burn area, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said. The California National Guard says it has 800 soldiers and airmen currently on the ground or en route to the Carr Fire to help.
Officials were driving Friday through the smoldering remains of a neighborhood in the Northern California city of Redding, trying to determine the number of homes lost to the fast-moving wildfire that also has killed two people.
Residents and relatives were allowed back in to see whether there were items that could be salvaged or whether pets left behind could be found.
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