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Blackouts take effect across Northern California as Kincade fire grows and winds kick up  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-27/blackouts-take-effect-across-northern-california-as-kincade-fire-grows-winds-kick-up 

Officials evacuated a large swath of Sonoma County, including new orders that covered most of Santa Rosa.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-27/blackouts-take-effect-across-northern-california-as-kincade-fire-grows-winds-kick-up 

Follow our Twitter list of reporters and photographers on the ground as they cover the #KincadeFire:  http://bit.ly/2pSixoL 

Northern California was being battered Sunday morning with extreme Diablo winds.

The National Weather Service clocked a gust of 93 mph near Healdsburg, which is now threatened by the Kincade fire.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-27/winds-top-a-stunning-93-mph-in-kincade-fire-zone-causing-havoc-across-sonoma-county 

Not only will winds be bad, but the air will be quite dry — relative humidity levels are forecast to fall between 15% and 30%; anything in the teens and 20s is really dry.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-27/winds-top-a-stunning-93-mph-in-kincade-fire-zone-causing-havoc-across-sonoma-county 

California’s investor-owned utilities may be criticized for their efforts at wildfire prevention, but they’re also calling the shots.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-26/california-utilities-politicians-wildfire-power-outage-analysis 

Those who survived the 2017 Santa Rosa fires felt they were reliving it again as the Kincade fire to the north prompt evacuations for a big swath of Santa Rosa as well as other Sonoma County cities.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-27/santa-rosa-again-forced-to-outrun-flames-it-feels-like-being-on-the-titanic-twice-one-resident-says 

In Healdsburg's town square, red umbrellas in front of a cafe had toppled and the only vehicles on the road were neon green fire engines and police SUVs.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-27/kincade-fire-takes-aim-at-healdsburg 

Here is the latest overview of the #KincadeFire impact zone. Firefighters were scrambling in the darkness early Sunday morning to quell multiple small blazes sparked by embers far from the fire’s main line in the foothills.
 https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-27/blackouts-take-effect-across-northern-california-as-kincade-fire-grows-winds-kick-up 

The #Kincadefire had Sonoma County wine country under seige Sunday, burning buildings in the famed Alexander Valley and destroying the Soda Rock winery.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-27/soda-rock-winery-destroyed-kincade-fire-wine-country 

“We’ve seen the news. We are devastated,” Soda Rock posted on Facebook.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-27/soda-rock-winery-destroyed-kincade-fire-wine-country 

Evacuating the frail and disabled during blackouts has become an issue since PG&E started the blackouts aimed at reducing wildfire risk.
 https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-27/kincade-fire-evacuations-disabled-people 

Back in 2017, fires fueled by Diablo winds caused billions of dollars of damage.
Wind gusts recorded Sunday in the North Bay appear similar in magnitude.
 https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-27/strong-winds-in-the-north-bay-are-similar-to-those-during-the-2017-firestorm 

The #KincadeFire in Northern California has so far:
• Burned 50,000 acres
• Forced evacuations of more than 180,000 people
• Destroyed 79 structures
• Led Gov. Newsom to declare a statewide emergency

 https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-27/blackouts-take-effect-across-northern-california-as-kincade-fire-grows-winds-kick-up 

Our updated PG&E power outage map shows where power shut-offs are still active or being considered.  https://www.latimes.com/projects/pge-wildfire-power-outages/ 

Firefighters’ biggest Sunday overnight concern is that the #KincadeFire will cross Highway 101.

Forecasters expect the #DiabloWinds to persist through Monday morning.
 https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-27/blackouts-take-effect-across-northern-california-as-kincade-fire-grows-winds-kick-up 


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