UPDATE: Redding, California (CNN). The Carr Fire raging in Northern California is so large and hot that it is actually creating its own localized weather system with variable strong winds, making it difficult for experts to predict which way the blaze will spread.
At least seven people were still missing in Shasta County, CA, as shifting winds, dry fuel, and steep terrain helped the monstrous fire which started a week ago, and had burned 98,724 acres by Sunday night. lt is just 20% contained, according to Cal Fire as reported by CNN.
Sixteen people had been reported missing, but nine of those have been found safe, according to Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko, who spoke at a Sunday news conference.
Flames have destroyed at least 966 structures in the area, making it one of the top 10 most destructive wildfires in CA history. In fact, 7 of the 12 most destructive fires have happened since 2015.
“We are seeing more destructive, larger fires burning at rates that we have historically never seen,” said Jonathan Cox, Cal Fire regional Battalion Chief.
More than 3,300 fire personnel are battling the flames with more than 330 engines and 17 helicopters, Cal Fire reported.