More Evacuations Ahead Of Kincade Fire, Power Shutoffs

About 180-thousand residents in Northern California are being ordered to evacuate as the Kincade Fire continues to grow. The mandatory evacuation orders came as a high wind event began early yesterday morning that officials fear could spread the fire.

Forecasters are predicting gusty winds up to 80 miles-per-hour. The wildfire in Sonoma County has already burned about 26-thousand acres, and was only eleven-percent contained by Saturday night. Firefighters also reported a drop in containment from 10% to 5% by last night

At last check, 70 structures have been destroyed so far, including about 30 homes. Meanwhile, Pacific Gas & Electric has been shutting off power to nearly a million customers in Northern California to help prevent additional wildfires.

The utility doesn't know exactly how many will be impacted by the latest shut-off, but a 48-hour notice has already been already given 500-thousand customers that they will lose power.

Source: Fox News