A fire in Northern California has forced nearly 200,000 residents of Sonoma County to evacuate their homes, with the out-of-control blaze burning toward the major population center of Santa Rosa.
The Kincade Fire has been accelerated and driven by persistent high winds, which doubled the fire’s size on Sunday alone. It has now engulfed more than 66,000 acres. Authorities estimate it will burn for at least another week and a half.
All of Sonoma County’s 40 public schools were closed on Monday due to the fire. Almost 3,400 personnel are involved in battling the massive blaze.
? The threat of wildfires in California has been so elevated in recent weeks that the state’s largest public utility has periodically cut power to hundreds of thousands of customers to preempt any possible fires breaking out.