Kincade Fire

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Kincade Fire
Kincade Fire tmo 2019297 MODIS.jpg
Satellite image of smoke from the Kincade Fire on October 24
LocationJohn Kincade Road and Burned Mountain Road, northeast of Geyserville, Sonoma County, California, United States
Coordinates38°47′33″N 122°46′48″W / 38.792458°N 122.780053°W / 38.792458; -122.780053Coordinates: 38°47′33″N 122°46′48″W / 38.792458°N 122.780053°W / 38.792458; -122.780053
Statistics[1][2]
Date(s)October 23, 2019 (2019-10-23)–November 6, 2019 (2019-11-06)
Burned area77,758 acres (31,468 ha)[3]
CauseUnconfirmed, but reported that started when high-voltage PG&E transmission line malfunctioned near point of origin[4]
Buildings destroyed374[3]
Non-fatal injuries4[3]
Map
Kincade Fire is located in California
Kincade Fire
Location in California

The Kincade Fire was a wildfire that burned in Sonoma County, California in the United States. The fire started northeast of Geyserville in The Geysers on 9:24 PM on October 23, 2019 and subsequently burned 77,758 acres (31,468 ha) until the fire was fully contained on November 6, 2019. The fire threatened over 90,000 structures and caused widespread evacuations throughout Sonoma County, including the communities of Geyserville, Healdsburg, and Windsor. The majority of Sonoma County and parts of Lake County were under evacuation warnings. The fire was the largest of the 2019 California wildfire season, and also the largest wildfire ever to occur in Sonoma County.

The fire[edit]

The Kincade Fire was reported burning at John Kincade Road and Burned Mountain Road in The Geysers, northeast of Geyserville, California, at 9:27 PM on October 23, 2019.[5][6] The fire started at 9:24 PM during an extreme wind event.[7]

The cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed by a formal investigation, but a compulsory report shows that the fire started when a 230,000 volt transmission line failed near the point of origin, just before power was about to be shut off in the area.[4] On October 26, PG&E began shutting off power in an attempt to prevent additional fires, leaving an estimated three million people without power.[8]

Impact[edit]

An orange sunrise over San Francisco, caused by smoke from the fire, on October 29

Evacuations[edit]

By October 27, evacuation orders and warnings grew to encompass nearly all of Sonoma County.[8]

National Guard Roadblock during Kincade Fire

The Sonoma County government, in conjunction with Esri, has published an interactive map containing incidents and evacuation zones associated with the fires. [9]

Utilities[edit]

In the early weeks of the fire, PG&E initiated a massive power shut-off to nearly 940,000 customers by October 26, with a projected total number of customers impacted to be close to 2.5 to 2.8 million. There are to be six phases of power being shut off between October 26 and 27.[10]

Sonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit commuter rail offered free service between October 30 and November 6 initially as far north as Downtown Santa Rosa, then eventually on the whole line for those needing transportation alternatives.[11]

Fire growth and containment progress[edit]

Fire containment status[12]
Gray: contained; Red: active; %: percent contained;
Date Area burned acres (km2) Containment
Oct 23 400 acres (2 km2)[13]
0%
Oct 24 16,000 acres (65 km2)[14]
5%
Oct 25 23,700 acres (96 km2)[15]
5%
Oct 26 25,955 acres (105 km2)[16]
11%
Oct 27 54,298 acres (220 km2)[17]
5%
Oct 28 74,324 acres (301 km2)[18]
15%
Oct 29 76,138 acres (308 km2)[19]
15%
Oct 30 76,825 acres (311 km2)[20]
30%
Oct 31 76,825 acres (311 km2)[21]
60%
Nov 1 77,758 acres (315 km2)[22]
65%
Nov 2 77,758 acres (315 km2)[23]
72%
Nov 3 77,758 acres (315 km2)[24]
76%
Nov 4 77,758 acres (315 km2)[25]
80%
Nov 5 77,758 acres (315 km2)[26]
84%
Nov 6 77,758 acres (315 km2)[27]
100%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kincade Fire". California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. State of California. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  2. ^ "Kincade Fire Incident Update" (PDF). California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. State of California. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c https://www.pressdemocrat.com/
  4. ^ a b https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/PG-E-connection-to-Kincade-Fire-could-deepen-14563778.php
  5. ^ Chabria, Anita; Dolan, Maura (October 27, 2019). "Blackouts and mass evacuations as Kincade fire grows amid high winds". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  6. ^ Graff, Amy (October 24, 2019). "Map: Kincade Fire burning in north Sonoma County". SFGate. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  7. ^ "Kincade Fire: Why PG&E is on the hot seat again over latest devastating wildfire". The Mercury News. October 25, 2019. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Cagle, Susie; Koran, Mario (October 27, 2019). "'You can't fight this': California wildfires force historic evacuation in Sonoma County". The Guardian. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  9. ^ "ArcGIS Web Application". sonomacounty.maps.arcgis.com. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  10. ^ Aaro, David (October 26, 2019). "California wildfires force more than 50,000 evacuations after 'historic wind event,' more power shutoffs". Fox News. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  11. ^ "Smart Train Service Running On Limited Schedule Wednesday Through Nov. 6". SFGate. Bay City News Service. October 29, 2019. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  12. ^ "Kincade Fire Newsreleases". Cal Fire.
  13. ^ "CAL FIRE LNU Twitter".
  14. ^ "Kincade Fire Incident" (PDF).
  15. ^ "Kincade Fire Incident Update" (PDF).
  16. ^ "Kincade Fire Incident Update" (PDF).
  17. ^ "Kincade Fire Incident Update" (PDF).
  18. ^ "Kincade Fire Incident Update" (PDF).
  19. ^ "Kincade Fire Incident Update" (PDF).
  20. ^ "Kincade Fire Incident Update" (PDF).
  21. ^ "Cal Fire's beatdown of Kincade intensifies, reaches 60% containment".
  22. ^ "Kincade Fire is now 65% contained".
  23. ^ "Containment of Kincade Fire Increases to 72%".
  24. ^ "Kincade Fire containment grows to 72% while Ventura County fire still rages".
  25. ^ "Kincade Fire 80% Contained; All Evacuations Lifted".
  26. ^ "Kincade Fire containment grows to 86% as residents put back the pieces".
  27. ^ Rossman & Lee (November 6, 2019). "Kincade fire in Sonoma County fully contained". Press Democrat. Retrieved November 7, 2019.