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Winds to pick up Tuesday as fire crews continue to battle Kincade Fire

About 156,000 people remain under evacuation orders.
Credit: AP
Firefighters from San Matteo work to extinguish flames from the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Ethan Swope)

SANTA ROSA, Calif — A wildfire burning in Northern California's wine country increased in size overnight but fire crews have kept pace containing the flames.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials said Tuesday that the fire in Sonoma County, which has been burning since Wednesday, has grown to 75,415 acres, destroyed 124 buildings and threatens 90,000 buildings, including parts of Santa Rosa. 

Most of those 90,000 structures being threatened are homes. 

Two people have been injured, but it's unclear at this time if they were civilians or firefighters. 

The fire remains at 15% contained, which is the same percentage as Monday night, when the fire was smaller. About 156,000 people remain under evacuation orders after about 30,000 people who had been evacuated were allowed home Monday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning that began at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, and is expected to expire around 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. The concern, once again, is the strong winds leading to more fires, and rapidly spreading fires.

For those evacuating with large animals, they're being asked to head to the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds. Other evacuation centers are located at:

  • Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa
  • Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Bldg., 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa
  • Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Rd., Petaluma, CA 94952.
  • Petaluma Veterans Center, 1094 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma, CA 94952. 

Roads are currently closed at:

  • Pine Flat Road at Red Winery Road.
  • Geysers Road at Red Winery Road.
  • Geysers Road at River Road.
  • SR 128 at Moody Lane.
  • SR 128 at Geysers Road.
  • SR 128 atGeyserville Avenue.
  • SR 128 at Alexander Valley Road.
  • SR 128 at Pine Flat Road.
  • SR 128 at Railroad Avenue.
  • Lytton Station Road at Lytton Springs Road.
  • Healdsburg Avenue at Alexander Valley Road.
  • All roads east of Hwy 101 in the Geyserville area.



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