The massive Carr Fire burning near Redding in Shasta County has killed a sixth person, fire officials announced on Sunday afternoon.
Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said they are not releasing the identities of any of the four civilians that have died in the fire at this time and that those identifications will come later from the coroner's office.
Family members identified 70-year-old Melody Bledsoe and her two great-grandchildren — 5-year-old James Roberts and 4-year-old Emily Roberts — as the first three civilian fatalities on Saturday.
"This is a terrible tragedy, and we're really frustrated about the sheriff's department because they didn't evacuate that area properly," said Jason Decker, the boyfriend of one of Bledsoe's granddaughters, on Saturday. "And it's resulted in two innocent children and a wonderful grandma dying."
Bosenko said Sunday that the area where the first three were killed was under an evacuation order, but it was unclear if they had been notified. Bosenko said officials are using a combination of reverse 911 calls, cell phone notifications, door-to-door notifications and loudspeakers on emergency vehicles to notify evacuees.