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A California news team faced danger in the studio recently. The employees are safe now, but the moment that members of the local Redding, California news channel KRCR 7 revealed they had to evacuate their studio was quite solemn. The Carr Fire is ravaging Northern California's Shasta County, and the news channel's anchorwomen had to advise the audience they too had to evacuate. KRCR 7 anchor Allison Woods calmly explained the situation as her co-anchor Tamara Damante told others to leave and to "stay safe." You can watch the moment via the tweet below:
As of now, the Carr Fire has affected 44,450 acres. It is currently 3% contained. The clip of the news channel's coverage was a sobering reminder of the crisis facing Northern Californians, and weather conditions are not expected to be of any assistance in dampening the blaze's ferocity. The wildfire has killed two people so far. It claimed the life of a Redding firefighter and a bulldozer operator privately commissioned to help combat it, per the New York Times.
Officials have been warning the population about the severity of the Carr Fire as it continues to wreak devastation on the area. Containment of the fire had been as high as 6% on Thursday night, only to go down to the currently in-effect number of 3%. It is a troubling stat that will certainly not quell anxiety. To put the recent number in context, on the second day of the fire, containment was reported to be at 15%, per KRCR 7. So what started this disaster?
The fire was started by what officials have referred to as the "mechanical failure of a vehicle." No further details were made available by Cal Fire, the agency that disclosed that piece of information. The blaze started on Monday and has continued raging throughout the week.
Given that temperatures are being forecast to top out at 110 degrees over the next two days, the blaze is not expected to subside over the weekend. Adding to that belief is the forecasted wind gusts, which are anticipated to roar up to 25 mph potentially in the affected areas.
KCRC's Twitter account assured their followers that with how intense their coverage of the Carr Fire has been, they have had to forego a great deal of their tweeting. It took tremendous inner strength to face the cameras with as much composure as the channel's anchorwomen did, especially in light of such a terrifying situation.
And then there's the staff we did not see in front of the camera. Knowing they had to evacuate due to how dangerous the conditions surrounding the news channel's studio had become was undoubtedly a scary moment. CinemaBlend's thoughts go out to anyone affected by the wildfires. Stay safe.