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US News California wildfires: Over two million face looming blackouts

09:05  26 october  2019
09:05  26 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

90,000 forced to evacuate and millions without power as California wildfire roars

  90,000 forced to evacuate and millions without power as California wildfire roars Saturday’s evacuation order encompasses a huge swath of wine country. An even broader area is under a warning for residents to get ready to leave at a moment’s notice. Some gusts this weekend might reach 75 miles per hour or higher as part of a ‘‘historic’’ wind event, the National Weather Service said. The winds could lead to ‘‘erratic fire behavior’’ and send embers miles ahead of the main blaze, warned the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

More than two million residents in Northern and Central California face having their power supplies cut off in the largest planned power outage in the Image: A firefighter hops over a locked gate near the Tick fire in Southern California . At least 50,000 have fled their homes in the foothills north of Los

Californians will once again get to 'enjoy' a pre-industrial lifestyle this week as state utilities gear up for another round of intentional blackouts aimed at reducing the risk of fires , according to Bloomberg, while PG&E claims that over to 1 million residents may be impacted by the shutoffs.

a steam engine on a train track with smoke coming out of it: A building is engulfed in flames at a vineyard © Getty A building is engulfed in flames at a vineyard

More than two million residents in Northern and Central California face having their power supplies cut off in the largest planned power outage in the region, aimed at preventing the spread of wildfires.

The state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, said it has notified customers in 36 counties that it may cut power on Saturday night until midday on Monday, as forecasters predicted the strongest winds in years across the region.

A firefighter hops over a locked gate near the Tick fire in Southern California © Getty A firefighter hops over a locked gate near the Tick fire in Southern California

The wildfires have already forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes and destroyed dozens of buildings in the wine country of northern California and in subdivisions on the outskirts of Los Angeles.

Hurricane-force winds intensify California wildfires as nearly 200,000 evacuate

  Hurricane-force winds intensify California wildfires as nearly 200,000 evacuate Hurricane-force winds, some with gusts topping 100 mph, sent multiple wildfires hurtling across California, leading to a statewide emergency.Turbocharged by winds reaching hurricane force, wildfires whipped across Northern California on Sunday, burning tens of thousands of acres, driving almost 200,000 people from their homes and seriously injuring a firefighter.

Millions of Californians are told to prepare for further power outages as wildfires wreak havoc across the length of the country’s most populous state. High winds and unfavorable weather conditions caused a string of wildfires to continue burning throughout the state of California Friday into Saturday.

Where to Invest Million . 1.5 million people could be affected as PG&E again cuts power to some homes and businesses in an effort to prevent wildfires (Source: TicToc).

California was under extreme fire danger like it had probably never seen before, Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci said.

At least 50,000 have fled their homes in the foothills north of Los Angeles, with winds of up to 40mph fanning the flames and creating huge plumes of smoke in the Santa Clarita area.

Embers fly off a tree as a bulldozer prepares to help fight the fire near Geyserville © Getty Embers fly off a tree as a bulldozer prepares to help fight the fire near Geyserville

At least six homes have been destroyed, and officials said the number is expected to rise.

In the state's upmarket wine country in Sonoma County, 2,000 people were ordered to evacuate after a damaged electricity tower sparked a fire.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co admitted one of its transmission towers had malfunctioned at about the time and location of the fire's origin on Wednesday night.

Nearly 200,000 people have fled their homes in California's Sonoma County as the Kincade Fire continues to grow

  Nearly 200,000 people have fled their homes in California's Sonoma County as the Kincade Fire continues to grow The Kincade Fire in California's Sonoma County has burned 73,324 acres. PG&E told regulators that a broken jumper cable may have started the blaze.The Kincade Fire, which ignited in California's Sonoma County on October 23, has torn through an estimated 73,324 acres - an area roughly the size of Orlando, Florida.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of Californians are preparing to live in the dark again after the state's largest utility warned it may cut power for the third time in as many weeks because of looming strong winds and high fire danger. Pacific Gas & Electric will decide Saturday whether to blackout

California wine country fires expand, trigger blackouts 24.10.2019. A fire in one of California 's wine growing regions could leave half a million A wildfire that began in inland California on Thursday night has now reached Los Angeles. Firefighters are scrambling to contain the out -of-control blaze.

The Sonoma blaze - known as the Kincade fire - has affected around 10,000 acres.

The fire near Geyserville, famous for its nearby hot springs, has burned at least 49 buildings and 34 square miles, prompting evacuation orders for some 2,000 people.

"I just visited a number of structures that were destroyed," said Governor Gavin Newsom, who declared a state of emergency. "Familiar sights to all of us, devastating sights to those impacted lives literally torn asunder."

No immediate casualties have been reported.

Two years ago, 44 people died in wildfires in the same area of Northern California.

As wildfires burn across California, President Trump lashes out at the state on Twitter .
Autumn in California now comes not only with fierce, wind-driven wildfires but with routine claims from President Trump that the state's leaders are to blame for the disasters, followed by assurances from experts that the president doesn't know what he's talking about. Autumn in California now comes not only with fierce, wind-driven wildfires but with routine claims from President Trump that the state's leaders are to blame for the disasters, followed by assurances from experts that the president doesn't know what he's talking about.

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