California Governor Gavin Newsom Declares State of Emergency Amid Statewide Wildfires and Evacuations
CALIFORNIA - California’s Governor, Gavin Newsom, declared a state of emergency yesterday, after the massive Kincade fire—located in Sonoma County—ravaged through more than 66,000 acres and numerous other fires began cropping up along the state.
According to a report from CBS News, Cal Fire announced that the fire was only 5 percent contained as of this morning. It has destroyed 96 structures and 80,000 are currently threatened, state officials related to the news source. The National Weather Service noted that the wind is expected to shift on Monday, which will offer firefighters a 24-hour window of semi-favorable conditions to help beat back the flames in aerial strikes. However, another wind event is expected Tuesday evening, and there is no rain expected for the end of the month.
Currently, over 200,000 people have been evacuated from their homes.
In response to both the fires and the dry wind events, PG&E began cutting power for more than 2 million homes and businesses on Saturday. 1.3 million of those were in the Bay Area. There is no word yet on when the power will return.
AndNowUKnow will continue to keep its eyes on the latest developments and report on affected growing regions, evacations, and more.