Firefighters keep gaining ground on Kincade Fire, now over 70 percent contained

GEYSERVILLE — Firefighters continued to make progress in
controlling the Kincade Fire overnight Friday, with the Sonoma
County blaze that once threatened thousands of homes 72 percent
contained, as of Saturday morning.

The fire, which sparked and explosively grew on a windy night a
week and a half ago in the mountains east of Geyserville, did not
grow Friday night, according to Cal Fire. .


#KincadeFire
off John Kincade Road and Burned Mountain Road,
northeast of Geyserville in Sonoma County is 77,758 acres and 72%
contained. https://t.co/KAUauZDeLM @CALFIRELNU
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— CAL FIRE LNU (@CALFIRELNU)
November 2, 2019

 

The blaze has consumed just under 78,000 acres, or about 122
square miles, and destroyed 372 structures,
of which 175 were homes
and 11 were businesses.
Parts of Sonoma County
east of Healdsburg and Windsor remain
under mandatory evacuation orders, though officials say they are
working
on plans
to allow residents back into those areas.

Cal Fire said the blaze still threatens 815 structures.

Many people feared the Kincade Fire would be far more
destructive, though, and it revived memories of the fires that have
killed dozens of people in each of the last two years. No one has
been killed in the blaze.

Mandatory evacuation orders at one point
covered virtually half of Sonoma County
as firefighters worried
that
hurricane-force winds
could sweep the blaze through cities
along Highway 101 and perhaps beyond it.

But firefighters dug in,
holding off the flames
at the edges of Windsor until the third
in a series of dangerous wind storms subsided Wednesday
morning.

That has
proven to be the turning point
in the fight against the
blaze.

The winds since Wednesday have been calm, allowing fire crews to
finally gain the upper hand, and National Weather Service forecasts
don’t show any wind storms over the next week.

Still, there is still no rain in Northern California’s
forecast either, keeping fire danger high as the region’s dry
season stretches into early November.

Source: FS – All – Interesting – News 2
Firefighters keep gaining ground on Kincade Fire, now over 70 percent contained