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The latest on the ground as Carr, Mendocino and Ferguson fires continue to scorch tens of thousands of acres




Burnt trees are seen along a hillside during the Carr fire in Redding, California on July 27, 2018. - Two firefighters have died and more than 100 homes have burned as wind-whipped flames tore through the region. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP)
Burnt trees are seen along a hillside during the Carr fire in Redding, California on July 27, 2018. - Two firefighters have died and more than 100 homes have burned as wind-whipped flames tore through the region. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP)
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Three massive large fires are burning in Northern and Central CA. 

The Carr Fire near Redding is a 150-square miles. Thousands have been evacuated there and in Mendocino and Lake Counties, as two fires have merged along highway 101. Firefighting resources are stretched thin. 

Southwest of there, the town of Lakeport, east of highway 101, has been evacuated. Two fires in Mendocino County have merged to create a bigger threat there.

Meanwhile, near Yosemite, the Ferguson Fire burns on, now having scorched more than 50,000 acres and as of Monday morning was only 30 percent contained.

And then there’s the Mendocino Complex Fire that formed from the combination of the River Fire and Ranch Fire. It's just five percent contained as of Monday morning and has burned more than 35,000 acres northeast of Ukiah in Mendocino County.

We’ll get the latest updates from the ground on each of these fires.

Guests:

Gabe LauderdaleCal Fire public information officer with the Carr Fire

Marisa Kendall, reporter with the Bay Area News Group; she has been reporting in Redding since yesterday morning; she tweets @MarisaKendall

Jacob Welsh, public information officer for the Ferguson Fire with U.S. Forest Service

Trisha Austin, Cal Fire PIO for the Mendocino Complex

Kelly Huston, a deputy director with California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services; he helps coordinate California’s mutual aid from other states

Carroll Wills, communications director at California Professional Firefighters, the state union representing professional firefighters and departments throughout California

Mark Schwartz, environmental science professor at UC Davis where he studies fire ecology, climate change and response