Redding Fire Department Gathers To Remember Jeremy Stoke On 4th Anniversary Of Devastating Carr Fire

Tuesday marked the 4th anniversary of the terrible day when the Carr Fire ripped through Keswick and into West Redding. The most significant disaster in Shasta County history started July 23rd of 2018 along Highway 299 inside Whiskeytown National Recreation Area from a mechanical failure of a travel trailer. It took a few days to reach Redding. Five weeks later it had burned through 229,651 acres and 1,604 structures, including 1,077 homes. Two firefighters and four civilians were killed as a direct result of the fire. The Carr Fire forced the evacuation of 38,000 people and created a fire vortex with wind speeds of more than 165 miles an hour, the equivalent of an F3 tornado. The Park Service estimated the total monetary value of the damage at more than $1.6 Billion, but the human cost was immeasurable. On Tuesday Redding Fire Department gathered for a moment of remembrance with the family of Fire Inspector Jeremy Stoke, who was overtaken by the fire tornado while evacuating residents from their homes. The Jeremy Stoke Legacy Fire Foundation was established in his honor.