Thousands flee homes as 3,400 firefighters try to contain blaze ripping through Redding

Nine people were reportedly missing as wildfires in northern California that have killed two firefighters, destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced thousands of residents to flee their homes burned out of control on Saturday.

About 3,400 firefighters on the ground and in helicopters and planes battled the 48,300-acre (19,500-hectare) Carr fire as it engulfed Redding, a town of 90,000 people in California’s Shasta-Trinity area.

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