A 70-year-old woman and her two great-grandchildren were among six killed when a wildfire raged through an area of northern California and engulfed entire communities, officials and family members said.
About 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of Redding, one of two blazes that started in Mendocino County forced the evacuation of Lakeport, a city of about 5,000 people, after destroying four homes.
Bledsoe's relatives were among more than a dozen people reported missing after the furious wind-driven blaze took residents by surprise and leveled several neighborhoods.
Redding Police Sergeant Todd Cogle confirmed that three bodies discovered at a fire-ravaged home on the outskirts of Redding on Saturday were two children and their great-grandmother.
"My wife wrapped them up in wet blankets and got over the top of them", Bledsoe said.
The children's mother, Sherry Bledsoe, was quoted by the Sacramento Bee as saying: "My kids are deceased".
"I saw everything around it ignite, and I go, 'It's gone, '" Moore said.
Bledsoe's husband wept as he recalled trying to get back to the house after running an errand on Thursday, only to learn the fire was closing in on them.
"I said 'I'm on my way.' So I just throwed down everything and took off", he said. Two firefighters have also died in the blaze.
More than 3,400 fire personnel, 374 fire engines and 17 helicopters are involved in fighting the Carr Fire.
The Carr Fire was originally reported at an intersection of the USA highway 299, and Carr powerhouse road on July 23.
The British Columbia Wildfire Service said firefighters were tackling a number of wildfires, including one just outside the Kootenay National Park.
"Temperatures will remain 5-10 degrees above average for the region, and dry/drought conditions will continue with little to no rain expected throughout the week". "Everyone we come into contact in those neighborhoods, if they don't have a legitimate reason to be there, if we don't arrest them for looting they'll be arrested for something else", he said. They light backfires, which allow controlled burning, before quenching the flames from the air using specialised aircraft. So far, the flames have blackened 87 square miles, with minimal containment.
US President Donald Trump earlier signed an emergency declaration to make federal aid available to county authorities.
She said the state had experienced considerably more fire activity this year than it did over the same period of time last year, with the worst part of the fire season still to come.
At the height of its fury on Thursday night, the fire was whipped into a "fire tornado" by gale-force winds that drove flames across the Sacramento River into the western end of Redding, as thousands of residents fled for their lives in a chaotic evacuation. About 260 National Guard soldiers and about 100 police officers were guarding evacuated homes, he said.
Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said the sixth reported death was of an unidentified man who received an evacuation notice but did not leave.
The nearby town of Keswick, with a population of about 450, was reduced to cinders.
Romero said there are still many uncertainties that could cause the fire to explode.
Wildfires have scorched nearly 4.3 million acres (1.7 million hectares) across the country so far this year, less than last year but more than the 3.7 million-acre (1.5 million-hectare) average for the same period over the last decade.