Hwy 101 Open! But Kincade Fire Has Burned Over 100 Square Miles, Only 5% Contained
High winds and low humidity brewed up a dangerous mixture for those living in the area of the Kincade Fire. According to Senator Mike McGuire “Overnight, the #KincadeFire burned toward the hills in north Santa Rosa. Currently, the fire is moving toward the Tubbs Fire (2017) burn scar. The fire was aggressive – there were some homes lost in the Faught Road/Shiloh area.”
With damage assessments still ongoing, Cal Fire says that 96 structures have been destroyed so far and 16 damaged.
Evacuations orders and warnings grew yesterday and with a Red Flag Warning until 11 this morning and high winds expected tomorrow, there will probably be an expansion.
According to the Northern California Geographic Coordination Center,
The fire is generally burning to the south with the northern areas of the fire burning in remote and very steep terrain…Evacuations orders and warnings remain in place for the cities of [G]eyserville, Healdsburg, Windsor, Guerneville, Jenner, Bodega Bay, Mark West Springs, and portions of the city of Santa [R]osa. Approximately 185,980 people remain evacuated. Potential for the fire to impact densely populated areas remain. There is a threat to power-lines, geothermal power generation units,communication infrastructure,critical watershed and local community water delivery systems.
TODAY: NOAA's #GOES17, from 22,300 miles in space, captures the thick smoke plumes streaming from the massive #KincadeFire. @NWS: "Potentially historic fire weather conditions expected in the northern Bay Area."
#CaliforniaFires #CaWx #CAFireWX pic.twitter.com/u4Aqxwhr3k
— NOAA Satellites – Public Affairs (@NOAASatellitePA) October 27, 2019
— Sonoma Sheriff (@sonomasheriff) October 28, 2019
— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) October 27, 2019
This happened earlier today in Windsor. Spot fire on a roof got into an attic. This fire fighter ripped tiles off the roof by hand to get at it and put it out. House saved. @nbcbayarea #KincadeFire pic.twitter.com/YhVeh1lBGZ
— Jean Elle (@nbcjeanelle) October 28, 2019
— Kent Porter (@kentphotos) October 28, 2019
A Red Flag warning is still in effect over the Kincaide Fire until 11 a.m. and then on Tuesday winds are expected to rise again. Humidity is critically low–running between 7 and 30% depending on the area.
Hwy 101 has now reopened in both directions and traffic looks great as of 8 a.m. However, many secondary roads are closed. Check Caltrans Quickmap for details.
- Operations Map –to see details either zoom or click on the map and download a pdf.
- KMZ Map–Zoom for detail or for 3D imagery, click on the map and download a file that connects with your Google Earth program.
- Link to Interactive Map from Sonoma County: Click here.
- Kincade Fire is Forcing Evacuations in Healdsburg and Windsor as the Power Shuts Down
- 101 Closed at Windsor