UPDATES: Kincade Fire burns about 50,000 acres, 5% contained

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The Latest on the Kincade Fire as of 6:40 p.m. Sunday:

SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — The Kincade Fire continues to burn in Sonoma County and has spread to about 50,000 acres and has fallen to 5% contained according to Cal Fire.

As of Sunday, the blaze has destroyed 94 structures, according to officials. Two firefighters were also injured Sunday.

CAL FIRE said the north side of the fire is burning in remote, steep terrain while the south side has begun to impact the Southern Alexander Valley. All evacuations and road closures are still in place for all roads east of Highway 101 in the Geyserville area.

About 180,000 people have been affected by the evacuations.

The Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital was evacuated Saturday night. The number of patients affected is estimated to be around 100.

The North County Detention Facility was also evacuated, and the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department says the inmates were transferred to Alameda County.

The Latest on the Kincade Fire as of 7 p.m. Saturday:

The Kincade Fire has burned 25,955 acres and was still 11% contained by Saturday night, according to Cal Fire.

Currently, there are about 90,000 people affected by the evacuations.

Around 600 structures are being threatened by the flames, while 77 structures have been destroyed, according to Cal Fire.

Evacuations are still in place for the area east of Highway 128  from Geysers Road and north to the community of Geyserville. It also expanded to Highway 128 North Knights Valley to the Napa County Line.

Immediate evacuation orders are also in place for all areas west of Healdsburg and Windsor, the Highway 101 corridor from Geyserville south through the town of Windsor,  the entire city of Healdsburg and town of Windsor, and all areas east of the Chalk Hill Road area.

Evacuation orders are also in place throughout the Russian River Valley to Bodega Bay.

Orders extend to the Dry Creek Valley west to Forestville and the upper portion of Westside Road and Mill Creek Road.

Immediate evacuation orders also extend to areas of Sonoma County: Ida Clayton Road, north to Highland Ranch Road at Campbell Road, east of the 101 between Asti Road and Alexander Valley Road, to the Mendocino and Lake County Line.

It includes Lakeview Road and extends south along the lake and Sonoma County Line to Ida Clayton Road. Larkfield and Mark West Drainage are also included in the evacuations orders.

People living in the Adams Springs, Hobergs, Cobb, Whispering Pines, Gifford Springs, Anderson Springs and those who live on Ford Flat Road and Socrates Mine Road are under an evacuation warning.

Calistago Road and Petrified Forest Road to the Sonoma and Napa County line are under an evacuation warning.

West of Fulton and Graton South to Hessel are under evacuation warning.

Previous report:

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (KTXL) — In less than two days, the Kincade Fire tore through the outskirts of Geyserville, leaving the charred rubble of at least 49 wine country buildings in its wake.

Many of those structures were houses, with some showing the remnants of the lives lived inside. Others were burned beyond recognition.

Although there is no mistaking the Sonoma County vineyards, a closer look Friday showed scorched leaves and charred grapes.

“It’s overwhelming,” said Jane Cardwell.

Cardwell, who lives in Healdsburg, was far enough away from the fire zone to still be in her home but still too close to feel relieved.

“I woke up this morning my house full of just the smell of smoke,” she told FOX40.

Cardwell said she helped move her daughter, friends and animals out of the fire zone. Being of service helped keep her mind off the greater fire danger to come with the upcoming weekend’s weather.

“The first time I drove to Santa Rosa I was just like … Sorry. All I could do was cry just knowing the devastation of it and the fear tomorrow of the winds knowing what that could bring to us,” she said tearing up.

“We’re ready,” said Healdsburg Mayor David Hagele. “We’ve been through this before and we have the capacity. So that’s … We’re ready, we’re prepared.”

Healdsburg is hosting one of several evacuation options for people escaping the flames. Mayor Hagele said he hopes the Healdsburg Community Center can be a safe place for evacuees in more way than one.

“We have translation services. People can bring their pets here. That’s something we learned from the 2017 fires, how important that was and it ties in with the mental health services that are also offered here as well,” Hagele told FOX40.

But if the Kincade Fire continues to spread, the people in the shelter, along with the city of Healdsburg, may have to flee as well.

Cardwell said she does not like to think about that but she admitted there is something else that has been on resident’s minds – Pacific Gas and Electric’s admission that one of their transmission towers sparked at the same time and place the Kincade Fire began. Whether the utility is deemed liable or not, Cardwell said it should not have even been a possibility.

“Bottom line is they didn’t turn off the high-power transformers, so why are they shutting the other ones down and didn’t do the high-powered? They screwed up,” she said.


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