There are now 12,000 firefighters battling the flames across the state.
"We didn't think the fire was going to come here, so we didn't really take things out like everyone else that was scrambling at the last minute to get out when we saw fire on the ridge", Dominic Galvin said.
In the case of a rotation updraft, the fierce wind pulls burning embers and other fire debris into the vortex. He was identified Saturday as Don Ray Smith, 81, of Pollock Pines.
More than 38,000 residents in Redding and elsewhere in Shasta county fled their homes as the fire gained speed and intensity on Thursday, destroying 500 buildings and leaving Keswick, a village of 450, in smouldering ruins, California's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) said. As of Saturday morning, those fires had burned almost 160,000 acres (64,700 hectares) and destroyed over 500 structures. A count by The Associated Press found at least 300 of those structures were homes.
Videos show the Carr Fire producing a "fire vortex" as it rips through the town of Redding, California.
About 60 kilometres southwest of Redding, two blazes prompted mandatory evacuations in Mendocino County.
As of Sunday morning, the blaze had consumed more than 89,000 acres and was roughly 5 percent contained, Cal Fire officials said.
At least 125 square miles (320 square km) had been scorched by the Carr fire by Saturday night.
In the Redding area, authorities were investigating reports of looting in evacuated areas.
"My nephew called, scared, for help, but they said they couldn't make it in time", said Carla Bledsoe, the children's aunt, told the newspaper after speaking with sheriff's officials.
He says more than 100 officers and 260 National Guard soldiers are helping with evacuations and providing security in the empty neighborhoods.
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Moore was among the many who lost homes.
"Jeremy died while battling the Carr Fire", the union posted on Twitter.
Bledsoe's husband wept as he recalled trying to get back to the family's house after he had left to run an errand on Thursday, only to learn that the fire was closing in on them.
"It's pretty emotional", Terri Hill said. "That is kind of that new normal that we are dealing with in California".
The Carr Fire tearing through Northern California is so powerful that it's creating its own weather patterns.
The Carr Fire burns along Highway 299 in Redding, Calif., on Thursday, July 26, 2018.
The family believed the area was not in imminent danger and Melody Bledsoe had no vehicle.
The family did not believe the home was under evacuation when Ed Bledsoe went out to get supplies.
Ms Bledsoe's granddaughter, Amanda Woodley, said on Facebook that the elderly woman desperately put a wet blanket over the children as their home burned.
"It looked like a war zone, " he said. The air is thick with the smell of smoke and chemicals, and the smoldering remains are still too hot to sift through. "But I keep finding them".
"We got awful news".
"I don't even have any more tears to cry", Decker said.