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30 Oct 2019 | 01:15 AM UTC

US: Containment efforts ongoing in Sonoma county October 29 /update 4

United States of America News Alert

Firefighters continue to battle the Kincade fire in Sonoma county (California state) as of October 29; strong winds expected to hit the area October 30

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/29/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/31/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Los_Angeles). COUNTRY/REGION Sonoma county, Northern California, Napa county

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Event

The Kincade fire in Sonoma county (California state) has continued to spread, burning almost 75,500 acres (30,553 hectares) of land as of 16:00 (local time) on Tuesday, October 29. Containment efforts are ongoing, and the fire is 15 percent contained. At least 124 structures have been destroyed and another 23 damaged, along with two people injured. Evacuation orders and warnings remain in place for almost 200,000 people in Sonoma, Napa, and Lake counties. Power outages are also ongoing in the area as Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has cut power in some areas to prevent further fires from breaking out.

Officials are warning that the fire may spread over the coming days. Authorities issued a red flag advisory until 16:00 on Wednesday, October 30, due to dangerous winds moving into the region. Gusts are expected to reach up to 56 kph (35 mph) along with dry conditions. Further evacuation orders, road closures, and power outages are possible in the vicinity of the wildfire over the near term. Up-to-date information on the fire and evacuation zones can be found on the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) website here.

Context

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency on Sunday, October 27, as wildfires burn across the state.

Advice

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 wildfires. Children and those with respiratory illnesses are advised to limit outdoor activity in areas affected by smoke.

 

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