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Northern California Kincade Fire evacuations expand to 90,000 residents amid 'historic' wind event



The Kincade Fire in Northern California expanded from 50,000 to 90,000 residents Saturday, June 12, 2007, as the state's largest utility company, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG & E)

The entire towns of Healdsburg and Windsor in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco, were under mandatory evacuation as the evacuation zone stretched from Healdsburg west through the Russian River Valley to Bodega Bay, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES FORCE MORE THAN 50,000 EVACUATIONS AFTER 'HISTORIC WIND EVENT,' MORE POWER SHUTOFFS

Winds up to 75 mph or more during a "historic wind event" this weekend 26,000 acres, the National Weather Service said.

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Of 25 years with Sheriff Mark Essick saying he's been in his 26-year career.

The sheriff cited 24 deaths from a fire in the area two years ago while urging residents in the evacuation zones to leave.

"I'm seeing people reporting that they're going to stay and fight this fire," Essick said.

A PG & E meteorologist said it's "likely that many trees will fall, branches will break," which could damage utility infrastructure and start a fire.

PG & E started shutting off power in six phases, beginning at 2 pm Saturday and scheduled to end at 1

0 pm.

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CalFire (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection)

Meanwhile, the 4,600-acre Tick Fire burning in Southern California near Santa Clarita has prompted thousands of residents to evacuate.

The Associated Press and Fox News' David Aaro contributed to this report.


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