Carr Fire Slows as Some Residents Return to Charred Ruins

The remains of a house in the Lake Redding Estates neighborhood destroyed by the Carr Fire continues to smolder Friday morning.

The remains of a house in the Lake Redding Estates neighborhood destroyed by the Carr Fire [Photo taken in late July by Mark McKenna]

The Car Fire grew about 5,000 acres yesterday to reach 186,416 acres and is 55% contained. Dozer lines and a massive backfire in the north are helping firefighters get a handle on this beast. However, hot, dry and windy weather is creating dangerous conditions through today that will stretch firefighters to their limits.

In many areas of the fire, residents are returning to their homes. In the town of Keswick, residents are being able to look at their fire station which was destroyed as the Carr Fire raged through their community.

For more information on evacuations and road closures, click here.

The Plan: 

Branches I and II, the east and southeast side of the fire, are nearly completely contained. There was no growth east of the Trinity County line yesterday in this area and there isn’t expected to be any today.

Branch III, the west of the fire: There was very little growth and that was all behind dozer lines. Firefighters will be watching for spots and rollouts but this area is not of grave concern at this time.

Branch IV and V, the north and northeast sides of the fire: The massive backfire completed in the last two days has created an area of no fuel that firefighters hope will hold the fire especially in combination with the network of dozer lines threaded throughout the area. Nonetheless, they are concerned that today’s weather could cause long-range spotting and new spots could grow rapiedly.

The Weather: 

Today, the Red Flag Warning issued by the National Weather Service stays in effect until 11 p.m. Firefighters will be struggling against hot, windy, and dry conditions. Around 3 p.m., southwest winds will pick up and add another challenge for firefighters.

Temperatures will be slightly cooler than yesterday with a high of 95 degrees. The humidity will be a little higher also.

The Roads:

Hwy 299 is open from I-5 to Hwy 101. However, there are restricted hours. According to Caltrans,

WB State Route 299 is closed at JFK Memorial Dr, at Whiskeytown Lake (Shasta County) except as noted below. Due to a vegetation fire. WB 299 will be open to all vehicles with escorted traffic control between the hours of 12 pm and 1:30 pm, and 6 pm and 5 am daily. Motorists should expect delay and use caution while in the area.

Below is a video from Caltrans of a Cal Fire Safety Officer talking about driving Hwy 299 safely with all the workers alongside the road.


  • Operations Map –to see details either zoom or click on the map and download a pdf.
    Carr Fire Operations August 11

    Carr Fire Operations August 11

  • KMZ Map–Zoom for detail or for 3D imagery, click on the map and download a file that connects with your Google Earth program.
    Carr Fire Heat Map August 10

    Carr Fire Heat Map August 11


  • Northcoast Horticulture Supply is working with Pay It Forward Humboldt to collect donations for the Carr fire.

McKinleyville 1580 Nursery Way

Arcata 639 6th St

Eureka 852 W Wabash Ave

Fortuna 126 Dinsmore Dr

Note: “Pay It Forward Humboldt has asked us to collect gift cards and N95 respiratory masks only at this time. We’ve tried to be specific about what’s needed at this point in time in our social media because folks tend to drop off random and sometimes heavy items that are not useful until folks can set up temporary housing.  Once they have the donation centers set up over the next days/weeks, they will be accepting clothes, household donations and larger items.”


Redwood Acres Fairground is accepting evacuees for free camping.

Earlier Chapters:



  • The title of this article made me think of just how much life revolves around home. That loosing a home so suddenly and totally means everything from getting up in the morning to going to sleep at night has been suddenly changed and routine is replaced by having to consider every single thing you do. How wearing that would be on top of simply losing the things you love and have housed in your life.

    My sympathies go out to those suffering through this process. Even though there are worse alternatives than having to reorganize so completely, it is very hard to be forced to do it.

    • Guest, I agree with you 100%. Pictures of the home and fire station make me sad for all the people involved in the fire.

  • “The New Normal”

    “Over a decade or so, we’re going to have more fire, more destructive fire, more billions that will have to be spent on it,” said Gov. Jerry Brown. “All that is the new normal that we will have to face.”

    Isaiah 24:4-6
    “The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.”

    The Bible declares that “climate change” occurs because the earths inhabitants have transgressed the laws of nature, changed the ordinance of marriage, and broken God’s law, the everlasting covenant. Therefore the curse is devouring the earth. The haughty people of the earth have changed God’s ordinance and made whoremongering the “new normal.”

    A case in point:

    THE LAW OF NATURE – Genesis 1:27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
    Mark 10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
    Genesis 1:28. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

    TRANSGRESSING THE LAWS OF NATURE – The Consenting Adult Sex Bill (Assembly Bill 489) is a consenting adult law, passed in California in 1975 and effective in January 1976, that repealed the sodomy law in California so that it applied only in criminal situations and made gay sex legal for the first time.[1] George Moscone, an early proponent of gay rights, in conjunction with his friend and ally in the Assembly, Willie Brown, managed to get the bill passed, 21-20, repealing the existing Californian laws against sodomy. The amendment was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown.

    CHANGING THE ORDINANCE – Proposition 8 Section I. Title. This measure shall be known and may be cited as the “California Marriage Protection Act”. Section 2. Article I. Section 7.5 is added to the California Constitution, to read: Sec. 7.5. Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.

    When Gov. Jerry Brown decided he wouldn’t defend California’s ban same-sex marriage in court, he was following in the footsteps of his father, former Gov. Pat Brown. Jerry Brown, the state’s attorney general–filed papers on Friday asking the state Supreme Court to overturn Proposition 8, which amends the state’s Constitution to define marriage as only between a man and a woman.

    One nagging question from the federal court battle over California’s Proposition 8, the traditional marriage law: Why was the task of defending Proposition 8 left to a group of private attorneys, instead of Attorney General Jerry Brown?
    The answer: Because Mr. Brown refused to defend Proposition 8, even though part of the attorney general’s traditional job description is to defend state law from legal challenges — including laws with which they disagree.

    BROKEN THE EVERLASTING COVENANT – Exodus 34:28. And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.
    Exodus 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

    Leviticus 18:22. Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

    FIRE – Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

    • Amen. The problem with Shasta as well as Califony is they turned their backs on God. I see trouble ahead for them! Even the police swear to tell the truth and yet they don’t. Judge Wilson Curle is on drugs like cocaine and pills I have it from relyable sources! The other Judge is an alcoholic as you can see it worn into his face. People are frustrated and angry on the corruption there that even lady justice has no blindfold on and has been vandalized so many times they have her behind the metal detector in a glass cabinet at the hall of horrors they call the courthouse. Shaft you county is often said about that area…come on vacation and leave on probation. Sad.
      Also it is a dumping ground for ex cons who haven’t found God even yet and pedophiles. If you go to the whole screen turns red. Red like Satan’s skin.
      It’s a scarey place. Cops arrest the working man for defending himself and they let the perpetrators go.
      Definitely a backwards place for sure!
      Evil has imbedded itself in Redding!
      Lprd have mercy on the unknowing people who go there.

    • You were doing great til you got to the homophobic shit. If there was a god, your attitude would be the thing pissing her off.

    • And you don’t eat shrimp do you?
      What an unattractive asshole you are. Safe from gay sex🤣🤣🤣

    • I’ll take offensive, bullsh1t antique belief systems for $900 Alex

  • Ask the people that lost there homes if hell does not exist! Oh look at all the pretty trees they will not have to replant.

  • Not sure why but heat maps are showing hot spots north and outside containment lines for the massive backburn between the fire and Lakehead.

    However, CalFire maps are not showing this, and I can’t find info one way or the other to verify so its a head scratcher.

  • It seems odd for you to allow the homophobe rant, Kym. I thought you kept hate speech out of here.

  • Yes, get rid of the homophobic rhetoric.

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