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Kinkade Fire: Hundreds Evacuated When Fire Explodes Up to 10,000 acres



The Kinkade fire ignited on Wednesday night burned 10,000 acres, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Thursday morning.

More than 550 homes – with about 1,700 residents – are under mandatory evacuation orders because the blast is burning uncontrollably, Sonoma County officials said. More evacuations may be issued.

The fire broke out the same day that California's largest utility began a series of deliberate power outages to prevent fires from igniting. It is burning near the turnpike in Sonoma County, Pacific Gas & Electric officials said early Thursday.

Recent breaks will continue until at least Thursday in parts of 1

7 counties, including the Sonoma wine country. Red flag warnings are in place for more than 25 million people in northern and southern California, which means high temperatures, low humidity and high winds will increase fire hazards.

The Kinkade fire started at 9 a.m. Wednesday (midnight ET) and grew to thousands of acres within three hours, Sonoma County Sheriff. Juan Valencia said.

As the blaze burned, winds reached 76 mph nearby, the National Weather Service reported.

The River River Casino was requested to evacuate, along with additional areas east of Geyserville, about 80 miles north of San Francisco, the sheriff's office said. The American Red Cross has set up two evacuation centers.

A video of a fast moving flame was shared by the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office. She warned residents to be careful. "That's why we issued evacuation orders. Be safe, Sonoma County," the release said.

Ash "was falling like snow" early Thursday in a burning zone, tweeting fire scientist Nicholas McCarthy, referring to the burned debris as "pyrometeors."

In October 2017, the Tubbs fire devastated tens of thousands of acres in Sonoma County and killed nearly two dozen people. In Santa Rosa alone, a fire destroyed thousands of homes in the city about 50 miles northwest of San Francisco.

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