A procession of fire trucks and other emergency vehicles filed through the streets of Redding Thursday, accompanying the body of a firefighter who died in the Carr Fire.
Fire Inspector Jeremy Stoke died last week helping Redding residents evacuate as the fire raced into town, burning trees, houses, and anything in its way. Stoke was one of six people who died in the fire, and the only full-time firefighter.
Fire crews from near and far took part in the funeral procession and staffed firehouses so that Redding's own firefighters could pay respects to Stoke. The public will get a chance to pay respects at a memorial service scheduled for Redding Civic Auditorium on August 11th at Noon.
Meanwhile, the fight against the Carr Fire continued unabated. The containment figure on the fire inched up to 37% on Thursday, far too slow for the thousands of people evacuated a week ago and still waiting to return to their homes. The number of homes destroyed rose to 1,060, with another 189 damaged by fire.
Evacuation zones still include parts of Redding and areas west and north of town along California Highway 299 all the way to Lewiston, in Trinity County.