Another devastating wildfire has hit California, and it has been getting worse. The Kincade Fire in Sonoma Country began on Friday, and has been burning even stronger over the weekend. Now, as NPR reports, approximately 2 million California residents are without power, and 180,000 have been asked to evacuate their homes as a mandatory order. According to NBC Bay Area, this is the county's largest evacuation to date.
"I'm seeing people reporting that they're going to stay and fight this fire," Mark Essick, Sonoma County's sheriff, said at a press conference Saturday night, per The New York Times. "Fire is not something you can stay and fight."
As of Sunday afternoon, as indicated in the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's website updates, only 10% of the fire has been contained over the course of three days. The fire has also spread to about 30,000 acres of land. The cause of the fire is still unknown
Fire encroaching the highway on 128, both sides, in Sonoma Co. in Healdsburg. Major wind gusts kicking up and and t… https://t.co/RvsV7C9EjF— Sam Brock (@Sam Brock) 1572172329.0
Fire at 3 mile marker on Pine Flat Rd #KincadeFire Sonoma Co CA https://t.co/63KP7mPQL9— craig philpott (@craig philpott) 1572167189.0
Textbook spotting as the fire descends into the valley. #KincadeFire https://t.co/VYwgs4GjYX— Wilson Walker (@Wilson Walker) 1572169227.0
The County of Sonoma's website posted the following addresses of evacuation centers:
- Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building – 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
- Petaluma Veterans Building – 1094 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma, CA 94952
- Petaluma Fairgrounds – 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma, CA 94952
- Sonoma County Fairgrounds – 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa (open to large animals only)
If you want to help victims of the Kincade fire, Red Cross is accepting financial donations. Go to redcross.org, call 1-800 RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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