Deadly fire in California's Shasta County claims seventh victim

California's deadliest wildfire this summer claimed a seventh victim Saturday as the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) confirmed an employee working in the area of Shasta County's Carr Fire perished in the blaze.

Calling the loss "tragic," PG&E spokesman John Kaufman said in a statement that "we are working with law enforcement to investigate the circumstances of the incident."

The victim was not identified.

"The safety of our employees and our customers is PG&E's top priority," Kaufman said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with our fallen team member, his family and our extended team."

The fire has so far claimed the lives of a firefighter, Inspector Jeremy Stoke, and a private bulldozer operator, Don Ray Smith, 81, on July 27; great-grandmother Melody Bledsoe, 70, and her 5-year-old great-grandson James Roberts and 4-year-old great-granddaughter Emily Roberts July 28; and a fourth civilian, identified by the Redding Record Searchlight as Daniel Bush, 62, whose death was announced by officials on July 29.

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A firefighter watches flames advance up a hill towards homes as crews battle the Carr Fire, west of Redding, California, U.S. July 27, 2018. REUTERS/Fred Greaves
REDDING, CA - JULY 27: A firefighter uses a drip torch to light a backfire while battling the larger Carr Fire on July 27, 2018 in Redding, California. A firefighter was killed battling the fast moving Carr Fire which has burned over 28,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes. The fire is reportedly only 6 percent contained. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
REDDING, CA - JULY 27: A firefighter monitors a backfire while battling the larger Carr Fire on July 27, 2018 in Redding, California. A firefighter was killed battling the fast moving Carr Fire which has burned over 28,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes. The fire is reportedly only 6 percent contained. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
REDDING, CA - JULY 27: Firefighters monitor a backfire while battling the larger Carr Fire on July 27, 2018 in Redding, California. A firefighter was killed battling the fast moving Carr Fire which has burned over 28,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes. The fire is reportedly only 6 percent contained. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A firefighter watches flames advance up a hill towards homes as crews battle the Carr Fire, west of Redding, California, U.S. July 27, 2018. REUTERS/Fred Greaves
REDDING, CA - JULY 27: An orange glow from the Carr Fire lights up burnt trees as the fire burns through dry brush on July 27, 2018 in Redding, California. A firefighter was killed battling the fast moving Carr Fire which has burned over 28,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes. The fire is reportedly only 6 percent contained. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Santa Barbara County Firefighter spray water on flames at a home at the site of a wildfire in Goleta, California, U.S., July 6, 2018 in this image released on social media. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT.
Santa Barbara County Firefighter spray water on flames at a home at the site of a wildfire in Goleta, California, U.S., July 6, 2018 in this image released on social media. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT.
GOLETA, CA - JULY 07: Firefighters spray foam on the remains of a destroyed home in the aftermath of the Holiday Fire on July 7, 2018 in Goleta, California. The fire destroyed a number of homes in the community during an intense heat wave which broke various records across Southern California. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
GOLETA, CA - JULY 7: Wildfire destroy homes in Goleta, Calif., on July 7, 2018. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
GOLETA, CA - JULY 7: Wildfire destroy homes in Goleta, Calif., on July 7, 2018. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
GOLETA, CA - JULY 7: Embers from a burning home rises up in the air after a wildfire sweeps through Goleta, Calif., on July 7, 2018. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
GOLETA, CA - JULY 7: Wildfire destroy homes in Goleta, Calif., on July 7, 2018. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
GOLETA, CA - JULY 7: Firefighters work to contain a structure fire as wildfire spreads along North Fairview Ave, in Goleta, Calif., on July 7, 2018. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
GOLETA, CA - JULY 7: A firefighter waits for water to be pumped before he can begin working to contain a structure fire as wildfire spreads along North Fairview Ave, in Goleta, Calif., on July 7, 2018. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
GOLETA, CA - JULY 7: Firefighters work to contain a structure fire as wildfire spreads along North Fairview Ave, in Goleta, Calif., on July 7, 2018. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Hot Shot crews from Mendocino, Calif., use backfires to help contain the County fire along Highway 129 near Lake Berryessa in Yolo County, Calif., on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. (Randall Benton/Sacramento Bee/TN)
Hot Shot crews from Mendocino, Calif., use backfires to help contain the County fire along Highway 129 near Lake Berryessa in Yolo County, Calif., on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. (Randall Benton/Sacramento Bee/TN)
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The Northern California blaze has so far consumed 145,015 acres and destroyed 1,078 residential structures, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). It was 41 percent contained Saturday afternoon, according to Cal Fire.

The blaze whipped up its own stormy cauldron of weather July 28 as it consumed part of the city of Redding. It was sparked July 23 by a broken-down vehicle, fire officials said.

It was one of several blazes that have fed off drought-starved brush across the Golden State in late July and early August. The southern half of the state was bracing for a third heat wave of the season, in which temperatures were expected to surpass 100 degrees.

Last week, President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in California as a result of the fires, which now include the 181,343-acre Mendocino Complex Fire in Lake County and Mendocino County.

About 40,000 residents statewide have been displaced by the disaster, California Gov. Jerry Brown told reporters Saturday.

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