Redding (US), July 28: Firefighters say 500 structures have been destroyed in a raging Northern California wildfire and another 5,000 are threatened. Cal Fire released the updated figure yesterday, though the number of homes burned in the so-called Carr Fire is expected to increase. Also Read - Amid COVID Surge, US to Restrict Travel From India Starting May 4

Earlier yesterday, fire officials said 65 structures had been destroyed by the fast-moving blaze in Shasta County. Also Read - US Sends Five tonnes of Oxygen Concentrators to India Amid Severe COVID19 Crisis

The blaze grew to 194 square kilometers by last night. It began Monday with a mechanical failure of a vehicle. It grew completely out of control on Thursday, tearing through two small communities and reaching the city of Redding. Also Read - Three Dead, 4 Injured in House Party Shooting in North Carolina

Tens of thousands of people fled the city in fear of their lives from the blaze, which has killed two firefighters.

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