California Town Ordered to Evacuate as Kincade Fire Explodes in Sonoma County; Old Water Fire Burns in San Bernardino
Rapidly spreading wildfires have forced evacuations in Northern California and Southern California.
The town of Geyserville in Sonoma County was ordered to evacuate about 6:30 a.m. Thursday after the Kincade Fire grew rapidly overnight amid strong winds. Altogether about 2,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes in Sonoma County.
Meanwhile, another fire broke out in north San Bernardino, about 55 miles east of Los Angeles. The Old Water Fire forced evacuations of about 80 homes in a neighborhood near Mariposa Drive and David Way, according to the National Forest Service.
The wildfire exploded in an area where high winds and low humidity were forecast to create dangerous fire weather conditions Wednesday night into Thursday morning. A wind gust of 76 mph was reported near the Kincade Fire, according to the National Weather Service.
“The wind is definitely pushing the fire,” Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean told KPIX. “The area has a lot of brush and indefensible terrain. It’s hard to fight … It’s dark right now so we don’t have any eyes in the sky … They definitely have a fight on their hands.”
The Kincade Fire is near an area where electricity was shut off by Pacific Gas & Electric.