Oct 24, 2019

California Town Ordered to Evacuate as Kincade Fire Explodes in Sonoma County; Old Water Fire Burns in San Bernardino

Sonoma County, CA
San Bernardino, CA
Geyserville, CA
USA
by
Ron Brackett
,
The Weather Channel
Flames approach rolling hills of grapevines during the Kincade fire near Geyserville, California, on Thursday, October 24, 2019. Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images
Flames approach rolling hills of grapevines during the Kincade fire near Geyserville, California, on Thursday, October 24, 2019. Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.