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UPDATE: CA wildfires grow, Mendocino fires threaten 12k structures

With no end in sight and as high temps and winds continue, tens of thousands of people remain under evacuation orders as weary firefighters continue to battle 19 wildfires raging across California, reports ABC 7 News.

In Mendocino County, the Ranch and River Fires have burned 110,168 acres and are 39 percent contained. Together, they are being called the Mendocino Complex Fires. The larger Ranch Fire is 15 percent contained while the River Fire is 50 percent contained. More than 12,000 structures are threatened by the fires.

Wednesday night, hundreds of evacuees gathered in Kelseyville for a community meeting, hoping to find out when they will be able to return home. Fourteen homes have burned so far and Cal Fire hopes to have full containment by next Tuesday.

In Shasta and Trinity counties, the Carr Fire continues to burn out of control. Cal Fire’s latest update shows the fire has scorched more than 125,000 acres and is just 35 percent contained.

The Ferguson Fire burning in the area of Yosemite National Park has grown to 68,610 acres and containment stands at 39 percent.

The Western Fire broke out yesterday afternoon off Highway 101 south of Hopland. The fire has burned 45 acres and is 50 percent contained. The Mendocino Sheriff’s Office is warning nearby residents to be ready to evacuate if they feel unsafe.

The Steele Fire near Lake Berryessa is now 100 percent contained. It burned 135 acres and destroyed eight structures.

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