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The Kincade fire is ripping through California's Sonoma wine county, one of the state's biggest producers.
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The Kincade fire is ripping through California’s Sonoma wine county, one of the state’s biggest producers.
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Photos: A wind-fueled blaze is scorching northern California

By Johnny Simon

A massive wildfire, aided by wind gusts of up to 76 miles per hour, burned through Sonoma County, California, north of San Francisco on Thursday (Oct. 24). Ripping through one of California’s biggest wine-producing regions, the Kincade fire has burned more than 21,000 acres, an area about half the size of Washington, DC.

As of this morning, the fire was only 5% contained. Several wineries and vineyards have closed or were evacuated as the fire crept closer. The Tubbs fire, a damaging 2017 fire, burned 36,000 acres total across Sonoma and Napa counties.

In anticipation of the fire, power utility PG&E preemptively cut off power to 178,000 customers. Reuters reported that as of Friday, most of those customers have had their service restored. But as the fire has ballooned in size, more blackouts may be on the horizon.

Officials are looking for the cause of the blaze. PG&E has said a malfunctioning portion of their infrastructure may be to blame.

Photos show the fast-moving blaze, which spread quickly due to the Diablo wind pattern and low humidity. So far, 2,000 people have been ordered to evacuate, mostly from the town of Geyserville at the northern end of the county.

The Kincade fire is by no means the only blaze in California. Several are currently burning, including the Tick fire in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles. While its size is significantly smaller, only 4,300 acres, 40,000 people have been evacuated from the area.

A firefighter monitors the Kincade Fire as it burns through the area on Oct. 24.
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A firefighter monitors the Kincade fire as it burns on Oct. 24.
A photographer takes photos amidst a shower of embers as wind and flames rip through the area during the Kincade fire near Geyserville, California.
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A photographer takes photos amid a shower of embers as wind and flames rip through the area during the Kincade fire near Geyserville, California.
A home burns at a vineyard during the Kincade fire near Geyserville, California on Oct. 24.
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A home burns at a vineyard during the Kincade fire near Geyserville, California on Oct. 24.
Cows stand on a hill as the Kincade Fire approaches on Oct. 24, 2019 in Geyserville, California.
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Cows stand on a hill as the Kincade Fire approaches on Oct. 24, 2019 in Geyserville, California.
A firefighter defends a structure against approaching flames while in Geyserville.
Reuters/Stephen Lam
A firefighter defends a structure against approaching flames in Geyserville.
A firefighter hoses a hot spot while battling the Kincade fire at in Geyserville.
Reuters/Stephen Lam
A firefighter hoses a hot spot while battling the Kincade fire in Geyserville.
Rows of vines are seen under a smoke-filled sky.
Reuters/Stephen Lam
Rows of vines are seen under a smoke-filled sky.
The sun rises above a smoke-filled valley during the Kincade fire in Geyserville.
Reuters/Stephen Lam
The sun rises above a smoke-filled valley during the Kincade fire in Geyserville.