Emotional Scars Remain On 5th Anniversary Of The Carr Fire’s Path Of Destruction

It’s been five years since the Carr Fire tore through Shasta County, and physical scars remain on the landscape, as well as emotional scars for many local residents who lived through the devastating event. Not everybody lived through it. Melody Bledsoe and her two Great Grandchildren, James and Emily, perished in their home in Keswick. Daniel Bush died in his home in the Old Shasta area. Dozer operator Don Ray Smith died when the fire overtook his rig west of Old Shasta. Jairus Ayeta died in a traffic accident as he worked to restore power while working as a lineman for PG&E. Redding Fire Inspector Jeremy Stoke died a hero’s death. While trying to evacuate residents, he was overtaken by the fire tornado. The Carr Fire ended up burning nearly 230,000 acres and more than 1,600 structures.