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Firefighters battle fast spreading Sonoma County fire, evacuations ordered.

large fast-moving wildfire in Sonoma
County prompts evacuations a rapidly spreading wildfire driven by strong
winds exploded in Sonoma County prompted evacuation orders for residents east of
geyser ville the Kinkaid fire as an estimated 1,000 acres and has no
containment according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire
Protection it is being driven by strong north winds and is moving south a cAL
FIRE spokeswoman said Wednesday night it started in a mountainous area near
Kincaid Road and burned Mountain Road according to preliminary information an
evacuation order is in place for geysers road to California 128 pine flat road
and red winery Road Sonoma County emergency officials sent out an alert to
residents about 10:47 p.m. there is a fire near pine flat road and surveyors
Road evacuate now towards Healdsburg the Alert read residents are advised to
leave immediately if they are on or near these roads the communities of northern
Healdsburg and geyser ville are under an evacuation warning officials are
advising residents in those towns to be ready to flee if you feel unsafe
evacuate the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said in an advisory sent
Wednesday night a video of the fire posted on Facebook by the geyser ville
Fire Protection District was narrated by captain Joe Stewart from the top of pine
flat road on a fire trail looking north the fire was burning Northwest whipped
by winds of 40 miles per hour to 50 miles per hour perhaps 60 miles per hour
the fire is moving at a dangerous rate Stewart said if you are woken by
emergency alerts please heed those warnings and evacuate State Senator Mike
McGuire D Healdsburg said on Twitter that significant resources from across
the region are responding engines air attack personnel and bulldozers the fire
comes amid a night of intense winds with gusts topping 50 miles per hour in areas
around the large swathes of California are facing
red flag fire danger this week because of hot temperatures and strong winds
that has prompted preventive power outages in many areas including parts of
wine country more than half a million utility customers could lose power this
week Southern California Edison said more than three hundred eight thousand
customers in seven counties Ventura Los Angeles San Bernardino Riverside Orange
Kern and Santa Barbara could face blackouts starting Wednesday night in
rolling into midday Thursday Pacific Gas and Electric Co on Wednesday shut off
power to customers in the Sierra Nevada foothills about 2:00 p.m. an hour later
counties in the North San Francisco Bay Area began to lose service by 1 a.m.
Thursday portions of San Mateo and Kern counties will also be in the dark in
total 179 thousand customers are expected to have their power cut

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