The fire was the largest of at least five that police believe were purposely set Wednesday by a man whose vehicle was reportedly spotted at the starting point of the blaze in Riverside County, officials said.
Authorities urged other residents in nearby areas to evacuate and said more evacuation orders could follow.
During a walk down Deer Foot Lane, which was hit the hardest by the fire, Day showed viewers all 5 homes destroyed and was able to illustrate the heartache caused by the flames, which forced the evacuation of more then 3,200 people, and sent the Coachella Valley into a panic.
No word on what the miscommunication could have been between the two agencies, but the mandatory order went into effect early Friday morning. "Firefighters continue to work aggressively to build containment lines around the Carr Fire".
The declarations issued Thursday state that hot temperatures, erratic wind and low humidity have increased the spread of both fires.
More than 1,700 firefighters were battling the blaze, Cal Fire said in an evening advisory.
The Carr Fire is among 88 active large fires scorching the country and one of six large wildfires in California, the National Interagency Fire Center said.
On Wednesday, July 25, 2018, CAL FIRE Law Enforcement Officers arrested Brandon N. McGlover, 32 of Temecula for allegedly setting multiple fires in southwest Riverside County, California on July 25, 2018.
Another fire, the Ferguson Fire, has prompted the closure of the most iconic areas of Yosemite National Park until Sunday, killed one person and injured several firefighters.
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Late Thursday, crews found the body of the bulldozer operator who had been hired privately to clear vegetation in the blaze's path, McLean said.
The fire burned over the operator and his equipment, making the man the second bulldozer operator killed in a California blaze in less than two weeks.
He says the fire is "taking everything down in its path". In Redding, which is home to about 91,000 people, officials ordered some residents to evacuate and warned others to remain vigilant, saying, "The situation may change rapidly and unexpectedly".
"They're doing what they can, they're trying to make a stand where they can", McLean said.
"It's terrifying. You know you're frightened a little bit because you don't know if you're going to come back to your house and the town is going to be different", she told KRCR-TV.
RESPONDING: 500 personnel on fire.
"The boat docks down there - all the way out in the water - 30 to 40 boats caught fire when the fire laid down on top of them last night and burned those up", said fire Chief Mike Hebrard of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Shasta and Riverside Counties.
In the Sierra Nevada, famed Yosemite National Park closed Wednesday as smoke from a fire to the west cast a pall on the region.