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 - 'Will Consider Rejoining,' Says White House After Trump Terminates WHO Funding

Earlier yesterday, fire officials said 65 structures had been destroyed by the fast-moving blaze in Shasta County. Also Read - 'China Using Sino-India Border Situation to Their Advantage,' Says US State Secy Mike Pompeo

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 - US President Donald Trump Cuts Ties, Terminates WHO Funding Permanently

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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