California Wildfires 2019

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  1. margarita25

    margarita25 Well-Known Member

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    I'm following this one. Awful. I hate this season.....makes me paranoid, and fearful for all in the danger zones, people and animals.
    Where I am is on high alert too....lots of canyons and hillsides of dry brush. At least though, areas are a lot more accessible than inland.
     
  3. BeachSky

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    My SIL lost her house & car in the Paradise fire.
    I don’t think she will ever get over it.
     
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    margarita25 Well-Known Member

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    @IQuestion lost her house in one of the CA fires as well.

    We have many members here in the LA area.

    Going in to take a look at the situation here. Let’s see what we’ve got...

    ETA: Marking this for reference, has many many resources and reference / Last year’s thread:

    3 California wildfires destroy thousands of structures and force emergency evacuations, 9 Nov 2018
     
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    Live updates: California fires in Sonoma and San Bernardino counties - CNN
    Wildfires threaten California
    Updated 12:06 a.m. ET, October 25, 2019

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    Tick Fire: Canyon Country blaze burns 4,000 acres as evacuations ordered
    Updated 37 minutes ago

    “CANYON COUNTRY, Calif. (KABC) -- Amid dangerous red-flag conditions, a brush fire in Canyon Country quickly exploded in size to nearly 4,000 acres Thursday, destroying homes and prompting thousands of evacuations.”

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    California's third fire-safety power blackout could be the biggest one yet
    Historic fire conditions could be triggered by "one of the largest offshore wind events in years," PG&E's top meteorologist says.
    Oct. 24, 2019, 9:30 PM


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    NYT:
    Live Updates: California Fires Force Evacuations
    Strong wind gusts fanned the flames of a wildfire in northern Los Angeles County on Thursday, forcing the evacuation of at least 50,000 people, the authorities said.
    Updated Oct. 25, 2019, 12:11 a.m

    “RIGHT NOW

    A fast-moving wildfire in northern Los Angeles County forced the mandatory evacuation of at least 50,000 people.

    Here’s what you need to know:
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    All LAUSD schools in the Valley will be closed Friday due to fire danger, air quality

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    HERE'S EVERY FIRE BURNING IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TODAY
    Updated 20 minutes ago

    “LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Four fires burned out of control in Southern California on Thursday amid red-flag conditions. Several homes have been destroyed, and mandatory evacuations have been ordered.

    Firefighters were in a fierce battle to save homes across the Southland. Authorities say they've ordered at least 40,000 people to evacuate as wind-driven fires rage near neighborhoods north of Los Angeles.”

    Snip

    “There is no containment on any of the fires yet. The flames were fed by dry winds that are predicted to strengthen across the region. Forecasters say peak gusts could top 70 mph (112 kph).”

    Here's every fire burning in Southern California today
     
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    KayElJay Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Prayers. My parents lost one of their homes in the CO Hayman Fire in 2002 so my heart hurts deeply for anyone in danger of losing those things most precious & important to them.

    Any members affected, please check in if & when you can.
     
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    margarita25 Well-Known Member

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    1. “The biggest of the fires was the so-called Tick Fire, which was burning in Canyon Country:”

    Tick Fire: Canyon Country blaze burns 4,000 acres as evacuations ordered

    ***UPDATE*** | TICK Fire | #SantaClarita | MANDATORY EVACUATIONS for all residents North of 14 frwy, E of Whites/Plum Canyon, South of Vasquez Canyon, W of Agua Dolce
    Also, South of 14 freeway, E of Sand Canyon, N of Placerita Canyon, and W of Robinson Ranch Golf Course. pic.twitter.com/Jo1SYKiQ5i

    — L.A. County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) October 24, 2019


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    2. “Just to the west of that was the Val Verde Fire

    “A separate fire broke out in the Val Verde area south of Castaic and damaged four travel trailers, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

    Mandatory evacuations were in place for all residents north of 14 Freeway, east of Whites/Plum Canyon, south of Vasquez Canyon and west of Agua Dolce. Also, south of the 14 Freeway, east of Sand Canyon, north of Placerita Canyon, and west of Robinson Ranch Golf Course.

    An evacuation center was set up at College of the Canyons in Valencia.”

    **UPDATE**Evacuation center will be at College of the Canyons in Valencia not Golden Valley High School.

    — SCV Sheriff (@SCVSHERIFF) October 24, 2019

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    3. “and to the north of that fire was the Castaic fire, dubbed the Old Fire:

    Old Fire: Castaic brush fire damages at least 3 homes in 20-acre blaze

    **UPDATE**Evacuation center will be at College of the Canyons in Valencia not Golden Valley High School.

    — SCV Sheriff (@SCVSHERIFF) October 24, 2019


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    4. “The fourth fire was burning in the Sepulveda Basin:

    Sepulveda Basin Fire: Firefighters achieve 80% containment, blaze burns through 60 acres

    “Evacuation orders were not in place for residents of Sherman Oaks and Encino, but fire officials were urging them to gather the essentials to be prepared should need to evacuate arise.”

    Here's every fire burning in Southern California today
     
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    5. “As the Kincade Fire raged out of control in California’s wine country, fast-moving brush fires burned across Southern California on Thursday afternoon, destroying homes, closing roads and sending utility crews scrambling to shut off power.”

    https://www.sacbee.com/news/california/fires/article236631723.html

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    Kincade Fire burns 16,000 acres in Sonoma County, as PG&E reports problem at tower
    https://www.sacbee.com/news/california/fires/article236596083.html

    “GEYSERVILLE

    A fast-moving fire in Sonoma County wine country, swept by extreme winds, exploded to 16,000 acres Thursday, forced the tiny community of Geyserville to evacuate — and raised potentially damning new questions about the PG&E Corp. and its electrical equipment.”
     
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    margarita25 Well-Known Member

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    “As the winds swept into California on Wednesday night, an eruption of fires big and small followed: first Northern California wine country, then San Bernardino, Orange County, Marin County, Santa Clarita, Eagle Rock and the San Fernando Valley. Firefighters were able to control some while others exploded out of control.”

    Fires explode across California, from wine country vineyards to Southern California subdivisions

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    What we're covering here
    • The latest: Firefighters in Los Angeles, Sonoma and San Bernardino counties are battling fires that have spread across the region.
    • Kincade Fire: The Kincade Fire in Sonoma County has grown to roughly 16,000 acres with 5% containment. The fire is near Geyserville, about 80 miles north of San Francisco.
    • Tick Fire: The blaze scorched 3,950 acres and is at 5% containment. It damaged several structures in northern Los Angeles County today.
    • Old Water Fire: Evacuations were ordered this morning for a portion of north San Bernardino after a brush fire started at approximately 2 a.m. today.
    Video:
    Hurricane-force wind gusts are rapidly spreading California wildfires 1:37

    Live updates: California fires in Sonoma and San Bernardino counties - CNN

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    Wildfires Burn Thousands Of Acres In Northern And Southern California
    Updated at 10:28 p.m. ET

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    “A home burns at a vineyard during the Kincade fire near Geyserville, Calif., on Thursday.”
    Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

    “Northern California is grappling with a new threat: the Kincade Fire. It has already burned through more than 16,000 acres in Sonoma County.”

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    This Interactive Map Shows All the Wildfires in California Now

    “Tens of thousands of Californians been forced to evacuate their homes, and utility companies across the state have cut power to hundreds of thousands of customers in an attempt to stop the spread of the fires. However extreme fire conditions are predicted to continue into the weekend.”

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    FIRE WEATHER WATCH Sat night through Mon morning.
    This event looks to be the strongest of this year and
    since the 2017 wine country fires. Strong NE winds will slowly ease later Sun and persist right through Mon morning. This will be a long duration and extreme wind event. #cawx

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    Firefighters fight the Tick fire in Canyon Country, CA., on Thursday, October 24, 2019. (Photo by Rick McClure, Contributing Photographer)

    This map shows where wildfires are burning in LA County – Daily News

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    “A hinge burns on Baker Canyon at Husk Ave from theTick Fire in Canyon Country, Thursday, October 24, 2019.”
    (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

    Tick fire scorches nearly 4,000 acres in northern LA County; mandatory evacuations in place – Daily News

    “Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva recommended that evacuees and potential evacuees gather their pets, medications, important documents and photso as well as any electronic storage devices they might own.

    “A house, furniture, clothing and all that can be replaced. These things that have historical and personal value, take these things with you,” Villanueva said. “If you are in the voluntary evacuation areas, you should already have these things ready to go, car in the driveway facing out.””

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    Poor air quality from Tick fire leads LAUSD to cancel all classes for San Fernando Valley schools – Daily News

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    Punishing Winds That Whipped California Fires Could Last
    Punishing Santa Ana winds that pushed fires into Los Angeles-area neighborhoods, burning six homes, could last through Friday.
    Oct. 25, 2019

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    “A firefighter prepares to fight a wildfire as it overtakes a home Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. The flames are fed by dry winds that are predicted to strengthen across the region.”
    (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    “Firefighters expected to continue battling the fire overnight, with help from aerial infrared cameras. They were going to map out hotspots and evaluate whether some of the evacuations could be lifted.

    Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby warned residents to remain vigilant even as it looked like firefighters were making progress.

    "Do not be lulled by the fact that you don't see open flames right now," Osby cautioned. "There are plenty of hot spots out on this incident."”

    Tick Fire: Canyon Country blaze burns 4,000 acres as evacuations ordered

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    “On Thursday morning, 10 air tankers and helicopters were being used to fight the fire from above as ground crews attempted to add containment lines around the blaze, Powers said.

    But as firefighters struggled to make progress, the fire leapfrogged through wine country, and embers pushed by winds ignited blazes throughout the region.”

    PG&E says transmission line broke as Sonoma fire began
    OCT. 24, 2019 7:50 PM



    LAFD (@LAFD) on Twitter



    CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) on Twitter

    #TickFire off Tick Canyon Rd and Summit Knoll Rd, Canyon Country in Los Angeles County is 3950 acres and 5% contained. Lead agency:
    @LACoFDPIO

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    Latest update: Kincade fire 5% contained, no reports of missing people

    “The Kincade fire in northern Sonoma County now stands at 16,000 acres, according to Cal Fire Incident Commander Mike Parkes, who spoke at a news conference in Geyserville on Thursday evening.

    Crews battling the wildfire that broke out Wednesday night have achieved 5 percent containment and are working to build control lines, Parkes said. About 1,300 personnel are fighting the blaze, and that number could increase to as many as 2,000 people as early as Friday.”
     
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    A Cal Fire firefighter hops over a locked gate while working the Tick Fire on October 24, 2019 in Canyon Country, California.Mario Tama / Getty Images
    50,000 ordered to evacuate as wildfire spreads north of Los Angeles
    Here's the latest:
    The Tick fire in northern Los Angeles County forced the evacuation of about 50,000 people.
    • The Los Angeles Unified School District said it would close all of its schools in the San Fernando Valley on Friday because of “air-quality and safety concerns from the fires.”
    • The brush fire broke out Thursday afternoon, and by Friday morning an estimated 3,000 acres with multiple structures were threatened, county fire officials said. At least six homes were destroyed.
    • In Northern California, the Kincade fire in a rural part of northern Sonoma County led to evacuation orders for around 2,000 people and by Thursday evening had destroyed 49 homes or other buildings.
    • The Kincade fire started Wednesday night, and has grown to at least 16,000 acres, officials said.
     
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    NYT:
    California Fires Update: Thousands Evacuated and Governor Declares State of Emergency
    Updated 3 minutes ago

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    • The latest: Firefighters in Los Angeles, Sonoma and San Bernardino counties are battling fires that have spread across the region.
    • Nine fires: The nine active fires in California have charred roughly 30,000 acres.
    • Millions under threat: More than 18 million people in Southern California are under red flag warnings. A fire weather watch has been issued for over 7 million people in parts of Northern California.
    52 min ago
    California governor declares a state of emergency in Sonoma and Los Angeles countieS

    https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/california-fires-tick-kincade-10-25-2019/index.html
     
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    Yeah. We're here in a rural area in North San Diego County, that is very dry, with only country road type escape routes. We're ready to evacuate. We go through this every year and it never get's easier.
    Last fire burned within 1/4 mile from my horse's barn. As of right now they're evacuating horses and other animals in Ramona, San Diego, Ca. A town much like ours with horses, windy roads and mini ranches.
     
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    Walked outside after shower. Saw a fire. Apparently in Valley Center. Not too far from us at all. Lots of horses and ranches out there too.
     
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    No shame in leaving early, KALI. Please stay safe!

    Here's an update for your Valley Center fire:

    Brush Fire in Valley Center Prompts Evacuations
    UPDATE: 2:32, Oct. 25, 2019

    A brush fire broke out Friday afternoon in Valley Center, according to Cal Fire. The blaze around Cole Grade Road and Miller Lane is threatening homes in the rural area and is prompting evacuations.

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    We're hot and dry and windy in Mira Mesa, keeping our fingers crossed and praying for our friends and firefighters!
     
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    59 min ago
    PG&E may shut off power to 850,000 customers this weekend

    Live updates: California fires continue to grow - CNN

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    Approximately 850,000 Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) customers across 36 counties may be impacted by another Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) on Saturday, the utility company said in a news statement today.

    If the power shutoff is needed, it would begin on Saturday evening and last until midday Monday, PG&E said.


    Predictive data models indicate the weather event could be the most powerful in California in decades, with widespread dry Northeast winds between 45-60 miles per hour (mph) and peak gusts of 60-70 mph in the higher elevations,” the statement said.

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    Thanks neighbor (we're in Fallbrook).
    I've a lighter load to move now, as my last horse passed away earlier this year. We've had to evacuate several times, evacuating your horses brings a whole nother dimension to an already stressfull one.
    Fallbrook is such a fragile place for wildfires, country roads only once you get to it. Haha, one of the things we found so charming when we moved here.
    I was supposed to leave town yesterday for a few days, but, I cancelled those plans once I heard the forcasts.
    So, hunkered down, ready to go, and praying that we do not go through the awful firestorms that we've have in the past.

     
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    "We had maybe 20 or 30 minutes. By then, it was basically surrounding us," Corrales told KTLA.

    "We didn't get anything out of the house,"she said. "When we came back up, the main thing was to get whatever live animals were here and leave."

    "It kind of feels like a nightmare that we're trapped in now," Corrales said.

    "We're going one day at a time right now," Hull said. "Wherever we end up is where we're going to go."
    Community Rallies Around Canyon Country Family That Los Everything in Tick Fire
     
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