California wildfire destroys over 650 homes

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a massive blaze in Northern California has destroyed more than 650 homes since it broke out July 23.

Cal Fire officials said the so-called Carr Fire currently threatens more than 5,000 structures.

The fire exploded on Thursday and took out neighborhoods in Redding, a city about 230 miles north of San Francisco. However, officials say the blaze has slowed down and they expect containment numbers to grow.

The deadly wildfire has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes. It has also killed two firefighters and two children and their great-grandmother.

A sixth victim was found Sunday but authorities didn’t immediately release that person’s identity.