Updates on Kincade: California fire rages toward Santa Rosa forcing evacuations
Driven by strong winds, the large-scale Kincade fire continued to travel southwest, crossing Sonoma County, burning the property of the brewery, and threatening to cross Highway 101 as more than 2 million people in the area were affected by Pacific gas and electricity The company lost power and fell into darkness.
The wildfire spread to California, and Governor Gavin Newsom announced Sunday a statewide emergency. By Sunday night, the Kincade fire had burned about 54,300 acres, forcing more than 180,000 people to evacuate. Officials told a briefing on Sunday evening that the fire destroyed 94 buildings, damaged 17 and threatened another 80,000. The flame is only 5%.
“We are deploying every resource available, and are coordinating with numerous agencies,” Newsom said earlier. “It is critical that people in evacuation zones heed the warnings from officials and first responders.”
Northern California fire crisis prompts massive forced evacuation footprint from vineyards in Sonoma County to coastal communities in Bodega Bay, covering Windsor, Healdsburg, Sebastopol, Dry Creek Valley and Santa Rosa Some regions and cities.
The biggest fear among firefighters overnight was that the fire would cross Highway 101 and ignite areas that had never been burned since the 1940s. Officials worry that the fire will spread to most of the farmland used to grow grapes and reach the ancient redwood forest areas of dense mountain areas. On Sunday night, the main edge of the fire was advancing south in the Windsor community, where firefighters were protecting the building.
“We are now at the heart of the battle,” said Jonathan Cox, director of the California Forestry and Fire Department, telling residents living outside the fire evacuation zone to leave because “such fires can change direction at any time.”
Just hours after the warning was issued, the fire spread south towards Santa Rosa, and after midnight, fire services were fighting for more resources in the area to protect the home. Sonoma County officials issued an emergency announcement on social media ordering all residents who did not pay attention to the evacuation order to flee Larkfield-Wikiup, a community of 9,000 unincorporated people. Officials told residents that the blaze continued on violent roads, and residents of Faught Road, north of the Old Redwood Highway south of Shiloh Road, “leave immediately”.
Early Monday morning, the area at risk was a densely populated single-family home, including San Miguel Primary School. The area is about 19 miles south of where the Kincade fire started in the Mayakama Range on Wednesday night.
Larkfield-Wikiup was hit hard in the 2017 Tubbs fire, the second-most destructive in modern California history, which killed 22 people and destroyed more than 5,000 homes. Hundreds of homes were destroyed in the southeast section of Larkfield-Wikiup in the area of Mark West Springs Road and Old Redwood Highway.
More than 3,000 local, state and federal firefighters are fighting the Kincade fire. Two firefighters sustained burns on Sunday, one was minor and the other was more severe.
The condition of the torch exacerbated the fire extinguishing in extremely windy weather, with a burst of speeds of 96 mph and a burst of 85 mph.
Forecasters predict that the Diablo event will continue until Monday morning, with peak gusts of approximately 70 mph and gusts at lower altitudes of the North Bay and East Bay hills of approximately 40 mph to 45 mph. Fire officials said desert air from Nevada and Utah poured down the slope into Northern California, bringing incredible dry air and reducing humidity to about 9%.
They hope that breathing on Monday afternoon due to strong winds will delay the spread of fire and provide an opportunity for attacks, before the new Diablo event is expected to repeat itself on Tuesday evening, although it is not expected to be as extreme as this weekend.
Newsom said: “The biggest fear now is Windsor in Healdsburg and keeps the line on Route 101, so we keep it on the east side.” Newsom visited the area and visited the hospital and evacuated centre.
Structures in the famed wine country burned, including some owned by wineries in the Alexander Valley. The Soda Rock winery along Highway 128 near Healdsburg was consumed early Sunday morning.
Utilities spokesman Mayra Tostado said on Sunday that PG & E customers struggled without electricity until Wednesday. She said the next outage would hit Kern, Fresno and Madeira counties.
The power outage is at 5 pm. She said it won’t end until Saturday until the company determines there are no dangerous wind conditions in the blackout area.
Once the wind subsides, PG & E will send thousands of electrical workers to visually inspect all lines for damage. The utility warned that it could take up to 48 hours after the wind subsided to complete inspections and re-energize the pipeline.
Ryan Yeager, 39, powers his wheelchair daughter Violet at a charging station in Orinda and powers medical equipment. The city has been without electricity since Saturday night. He said she had a disease that required breathing apparatus and nutrition tubes.
Yeager ordered a $ 2,600 battery that could have provided power for several days, but it hasn’t arrived yet. “As long as we don’t have to evacuate, I won’t mind.”
Evacuation centers are full of fire-fighting refugees. Many people, after hours of sleepless nights, listen to phone calls for evacuation notices and leave their homes in the darkness before dawn.
Rows of cots lined up in a huge room at Petaluma Veterans Memorial Hall. The evacuation crew enjoyed a hot family breakfast with pancakes, eggs and sausage links in the adjoining room.
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Some watched the local news, as others filed in and out of the hallways, unsure of their next move. “I’m trying to figure out what’s going on,” one woman was overheard saying into the phone.
Windsor resident Eva Mendoza had packed only a few items, including a toothbrush and a change of clothes, before finding a place that would accept her cocker spaniel Natalia.
It was her 52nd birthday and she had plans to attend a concert in San Francisco. But then the evacuation orders came.
In her rush to vacate, she left pictures and mementos behind. “I didn’t have time to wrap anything else,” she said through tears.
Kayla Williams, 26, and her family ate lunch at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Auditorium after leaving their Larkfield home.
They were told there is no room at the evacuation center, so the Williamses don’t know where they’ll go for the night. Williams kept her voice low, describing how her 4-year-old son asked her if they’re going to live in a car permanently. Both her sons have cried, begging to return home.
“I don’t know what to tell them. It’s hard when us as adults are panicking and are trying to stay calm for them,” Williams said.
In Santa Rosa, residents of neighborhoods that burned in the Tubbs fire in 2017 once again left their homes in darkness and uncertainty.
Karen Kristensen was packing up two cars for her 88-year-old mother, Beverly, and herself in Coffey Park.
They were caught in the Tubbs fire, which burned Coffey Park to the ground. Homes here are still under construction or brand new. Kristensen just moved back in August.
In 2017 they escaped with some laundry and a few pictures. “I wore shorts for two weeks,” she said. “Everything was dust. There was nothing left.”
Just north of Santa Rosa, Sharon Bowne was visibly anxious as she loaded her sport utility vehicle to evacuate her newly built duplex near the Fountaingrove neighborhood, where her home burned in the Tubbs fire. At her feet were boxes of neatly folded linens and an antique waffle maker that she didn’t want to part with. A bench with a needlepoint top wasn’t going to fit. Every inch of space was packed.
The evacuation order had just come down about an hour earlier, after darkness had fallen, and with the threat that the power would be cut any moment.
“I’ve already had my meltdown today,” she said. “They’re shutting it off and we only have two little flashlights.”
Outside the Santa Rosa evacuation area, Chase Williamson, owner of Steele & Hops Public House, posted a slogan announcing his merchandise: “Please come in Hang out, charge your phone, use our Wi-Fi, drink coffee or a bar drink. ”
Zack Darling, who works in the marijuana industry, and his girlfriend sculptor Briona Hendren are in bars after evacuating their home near Santa Rosa Hidden Valley I drank muzi. Their two cars were packed on the edge.
Like many people in Santa Rosa, this is not their first evacuation when they catch fire. They fled in the Tarbus fire, and fortunately their house survived.
“We are doing our best,” Darling said.
Firemen faced a small fire all day.
In the East Bay, a flame erupted at Interstate 24 and Interstate 680 in Contra Costa County, destroying the tennis club building and destroying other buildings in Lafayette.
Another fast-moving fire broke out near Caquinez Bridge connecting Contra Costa County and Vallejo, Northern California, but firefighters gained the upper hand in the afternoon.
The cause of Kincade’s fire is still under investigation, but there are already some suspicions turning to transmission lines owned by PG & E. The company said on Thursday that one of its transmission lines had problems in an area where a fire broke out on Wednesday night.
In a mandatory report sent to the California Public Utilities Commission, the company said one of its workers noticed that Cal Fire had isolated the area with tape. PG & E said Cal Fire also pointed out that “jumpers on the same tower were damaged.”
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