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Large, fast-moving forest fires explode in Sonoma County and trigger evacuations



A fast-growing, wild-wind wildfire exploded late Wednesday in Sonoma County, prompting residents east of Geyserville to evacuate and fire. It is powered by strong north winds and moves south, a Cal Fire spokeswoman said Wednesday night. It started in a mountainous area near Kincade Road and Burned Mountain Road.

An evacuation order for Geysers Road to California 128, Pine Flat Road and Red Winery Road is in effect.

  Kincade Fire Evacuation Card

The Kincade Evacuation Card starting at 11:20 pm Wednesday.

Sonoma County emergency services alerted the residents at 22:47.

"A fire is burning near Pine Flat Rd and Cervieres Rd. Now evacuate towards Healdsburg, "it said in the warning.

Residents are advised to leave immediately if they are on or near these streets.

The communities north of Healdsburg and Geyserville are under an evacuation warning. Officials advise the inhabitants of these cities to flee.

"If you feel insecure, evacuate," Sonoma County sheriff's office said Wednesday night in a note.

A video of the fire has been posted On Facebook from the Geyserville Fire Protection District, Capt. Joe Stewart reports from the top of Pine Flat Road on a fire path looking north. The fire burned northwest, whipped by winds at a speed of 65 to 80 km / h.

"The fire is moving at a dangerous speed," Stewart said. "If you are awakened by emergency alarms, heed those warnings and evacuate them."

US State Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) said on Twitter that "significant resources are responding across the region – engines, air strikes, personnel and bulldozers."

UCLA climate researcher Daniel Swain said on Twitter that the fire could burn "quite to the east side" of the Alexander Valley, "where [a] there is an almost continuous row of vineyards will hopefully act as a broad fireline." 65mph + winds in the hills, but almost calm in valleys. "

The fire comes two years after a series of flames that devastated Santa Rosa and other wine-growing areas and lost dozens of dead and thousands of homes, leaving the residents of Santa Rosa on the edge of early Thursday morning Fire burned in the north.

The fire comes in a night of intense winds with gusts of over 80 km / h in areas around the fire.

Large parts of California are These Woc There is a risk of fire due to hot temperatures and strong winds. This has led to preventive power outages in many areas, including parts of the wine country.

More than half a million electricity suppliers could lose power this week.

Southern California Edison said more than 308,000 customers in seven counties – Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Kern and Santa Barbara – may experience blackouts from Wednesday through Thursday noon.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. interrupted electricity supply for customers in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada around 2:00 pm on Wednesday. An hour later, districts in the northern San Francisco Bay Area began losing their jobs. On Thursday at 1 o'clock at night parts of the districts of San Mateo and Kern are in the dark. A total of 179,000 customers are expected to be affected by a power outage.


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