California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency on Sunday, October 27, as high winds continued to abet the spread of the Kincade fire southward across Sonoma county. Some 180,000 people had been instructed to flee homes threatened by the blaze - the largest active fire in California state - as of Sunday; according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), the Kincade fire had burned 30,000 acres (12,140 hectares) and was only 10 percent contained as of Sunday afternoon (local time). On Sunday morning, officials had instructed residents in northern Santa Rosa and in areas to the northeast and southwest of the city to evacuate. Traffic congestion was reported as residents in evacuation zones faced tree branches downed by high wind gusts and traffic lights that were rendered inoperable due to power outages.
The blaze is expected to continue to spread over the coming hours as dry, windy conditions are forecast to persist in the area through Monday morning, October 28 (local time). Further evacuation orders, road closures, and power outages are possible in the vicinity of the wildfire over the near term.
Individuals in Sonoma county and other fire-threatened areas in California state are advised to monitor developments, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. evacuation notices, road closures), and exercise caution when traveling near the wildfire. Children and those with respiratory illnesses are advised to limit outdoor activity.
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