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The Carr Fire raging in Northern California is so large and hot that it is creating its own localized weather system with variable strong winds, making it difficult for experts to predict which way the blaze will spread.

At least 19 people were still reported missing in Shasta County, California, officials said at a community meeting Monday evening, after shifting winds, dry fuel and steep terrain helped the monstrous fire engulf more than 103,000 acres.

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The three had been missing since Thursday when their house was overcome by flames. Family members confirmed Saturday that they died.

"With a heavy heart we are sad to inform you all that Mel and the great-grandbabies were confirmed to be in the home," the family said on a GoFundMe page.

In those final minutes, unable to get to his wife and their great-grandchildren, Ed Bledsoe was able to get through on the phone.

Bledsoe broke into sobs as he described speaking to his family by phone as he was rushing to try to save them.

"He just kept saying 'Grandpa, come and get me," Bledsoe said, referring to 5-year-old James. "'The fire's coming in the back door. C'mon Grandpa.' I said 'I'm right down the road.'"

 

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At this rate, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection – the formal name for Cal Fire – will burn through its $443 million fire-suppression budget in a matter of months. In fact, McLean said he expects that figure to increase since fires have become more prevalent and destructive in recent years.

 

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