Two of the deceased were firefighters, while the others were identified as James Roberts, 5, Emily Roberts, 4, and their grandmother Melody Bledsoe, 70.
Associated Press reported the three were stranded “when walls of flames swept through the family’s rural property Thursday on the outskirts of Redding.” A sixth person was confirmed dead Sunday afternoon, but officials did not offer details.
Another dozen people have been reported missing, but Shasta County Sheriff’s officials are hopeful to find some alive.
Cal Fire officials said 536 structures were destroyed while 117 were damaged. Another 5,000 structures remain threatened as more than 3,300 personnel work to contain the blaze, described as one of the worst in California history by Gov. Jerry Brown.