So California wildfires are in the news, and like the 2018 Camp Fire, early indications are that the source of the ignition for the Kincaid Fire was a PG&E high-voltage transmission line, but it will be a while before they actually say what was the cause of this fire. More on that later.
First let’s look at the current status, as of Monday morning. Kincade Fire in Sonoma County grows to 66,000 acres, 5 percent contained.
More than 180,000 people are being evacuated from the devastating Kincade Fire in Sonoma County. The blaze has now burned more than 66,000 acres and is 5 percent contained, according to CAL FIRE. There are 80,000 structures threatened and 96 structures destroyed, including at least 31 homes.
New emergency evacuations were enforced in Santa Rosa Sunday night as large flames spread quickly toward homes in the areas of Markwest, Larkfield, and Wikiup. Police drove through the streets, blasting sirens as a final warning to get out immediately.
For comparison, the Camp Fire burned a total of 153,000 acres before it was through.
And although this hasn’t been positively identified as the source of the fire, it does have that potential. PG&E says transmission line broke as Sonoma fire began
PG&E had been shutting off power to residents to avoid fires sparked by electric lines. The utility company said nearly 28,000 people in Sonoma County, including Geyserville and the surrounding area, lost power when distribution lines were shut off at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The company said transmission lines, which operate at a higher voltage, remained energized at the time the fire started.
CalFire said they found a broken jumper cable on one of the 230,000 volt transmission lines in the area where the fire started. So while PG&E turned off the regional distribution lines, and put a bunch of people in the dark, they left the high-voltage transmission lines energized. As usual, Juan Brown of Blancolirio, has the best information. Be warned, he streamed this video to YouTube from the top of a mountain, and so the quality is pretty low, even if the information is top notch. Mt Patterson, Ca. 11,000′ PG&E UPDATE Kincade Fire, Sonoma Co, CA. He has apparently headed, with his family, to the eastern Sierra mountains, since they had their power cut off at home.
If there is any good news this morning it’s that the winds in the area are down to 2-to-5 knots in the area of the fire. (See Windy.com for info.)
And it may be the NY Slimes, but they do have some stunning photography. The Kincade Fire in Pictures.