A mandatory evacuation order stemming from a Kinkade, Northern California fire expanded from 50,000 to 90,000 residents Saturday night when the state's largest utility company, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), plans to shut off power to about 2.35 million people over fears that high winds and low humidity will spread the flames.
Entire Healdsburg and Windsor cities in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco, were under mandatory evacuation as the evacuation zone extended from Healdsburg west through the Russian River Valley to Bodega Bay, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department.
WILDFIRES CALIFORNIA NOW MORE THAN 50,000 ESTIMATES AFTER "HISTORICAL LIGHTING EVENT", MORE STRENGTHS
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The sheriff cited 24 fire deaths in the area two years ago while urging residents in evacuation zones to leave.
"I see people announcing that they will stay and fight this fire," Esik said. "You can't fight this. Please evacuate."
The GHG and E meteorologist said that "probably many trees will fall, branches will break", which could damage communal infrastructure and start a fire.
PG&E began shutting down six phases of power, starting at 2pm Saturday and scheduled to end at 10am.
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CalFire (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) confirmed Saturday night that the fire was 11 percent contained and over 23,500 structures were in danger.
Meanwhile, the burning of a 4,600-acre fire in Southern California near Santa Clarita has also prompted thousands of residents to evacuate. Associated Press and Fox News "David Aaro contributed to this report.