At least seven people were still missing in Shasta County, California, as shifting winds, dry fuel and steep drainages helped the monstrous Carr Fire engulf almost 100,000 acres by Sunday night, authorities said.
The fire has claimed six lives, including a firefighter and bulldozer operator working to extinguish the blaze.
Sixteen people had been reported missing, but nine of those have so far found safe, according to Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko, who spoke at a Sunday news conference.
Redding Police Sgt. Todd Cogle said, “We’re finding that there are a lot of communication issues” making it hard to locate residents.
“We spoke with several people who left their cell phones at their residences and in this day and age people don’t remember people’s phone numbers,” Cogle said.
The fire, which started a week ago, is only 17% contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire.