Mandatory Evacuations Expand as Fires Continue to Spread in Northern California

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Homeowner Phil Rush looks at the remains of his home destroyed by wildfire in Santa Rosa, California, on October 11, 2017. Rush said he and his wife and dog escaped with only their medication, a bag of dog food when flames overtook their entire neighborhood on October 9.  (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Twenty-one fires are now burning in Northern California and authorities worry that high winds on Wednesday night and Thursday morning will further spread destruction. On Wednesday officials issued a mandatory evacuation for Calistoga. Forum brings you an update on the status of the fires in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and other Northern California counties affected by the fires and how those communities are coping.

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Daniel Berlant, chief of public information, Cal Fire

Carrie Feibel, health editor, KQED

Ted Goldberg, morning editor, KQED News

Mina Kim, reporter, KQED News

Sukey Lewis, criminal justice reporter, KQED

John Sepulvado, host, California report