Latest developments on fires around the region and PG&E’s power shut-offs. Learn when power might be turned back on; find out which schools are closed here; get complete details on the Kincade Fire here; and look at the outages’ impact on Northern California here.
7:44 a.m. Smoke across Bay Area expected to get worse Monday: The stinging smoke that greeted Bay Area residents Monday morning is going to get worse, according to the National Weather Service. With the heavy winds that rolled across the region dying down, smoke from the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County and the Glen Cove Fire in Vallejo is heading into the central Bay Area and lingering, Smoke from the Grizzly Fire at Grizzly Island near Suisun City is also contributing to the accumulation. “Unfortunately, it looks like the whole Bay Area will see more smoke later this afternoon and this evening,” said Spencer Tangen, a National Weather Service meteorologist. “You’ll be able to smell it, taste it and see it.”
7:32 a.m. Crews make progress in containing Crockett fire: The Sky Fire is 90% contained at 150 acres as multiple agencies coordinate a response to the blaze.
#SkyFire off Commings Skyway and I-80, south of Crockett in Contra Costa County is 150 acres and 90% contained. Unified Command: CAL FIRE Santa Clara Unit, Crockett Fire and Contra Costa Fire. pic.twitter.com/oaQKRjF2BB
— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) October 28, 2019
7:25 a.m. Rawson Fire fully contained: Cal Fire officials said the blaze northwest of Corning in Tehama County was 100% contained at 605 acres.
#RawsonFire off Gyle Road and Long Dirt Road, Northwest of Corning in Tehama County is 605 acres and 100% contained. @CALFIRETGU pic.twitter.com/1M3i0yVVms
— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) October 28, 2019
7:05 a.m. Kincade fire grows to 66,231 acres: Cal Fire’s latest figures show that the Kincade Fire grew by 12,000 acres overnight and was still just 5% contained. The blaze has destroyed at least 96 structures, including 49 homes. Meanwhile, 16 structures, including 10 residences, have been damaged.
6:36 a.m. BART trains running, but some station’s escalators aren’t working: Escalators at the Rockridge, Orinda and Lafayette stations have been turned off as a safety precaution due to the PG&E shut-offs. Elevators at these stations are in service, officials said.
Good morning. Trains are running and stations have lights on. We have redundancies in place to operate during power shut offs.
Frontline workers have access to masks.
These stations listed below are using generators and the escalators are out of service. https://t.co/GVpWHCPsQF
— SFBART (@SFBART) October 28, 2019
6:30 a.m. Vallejo’s water advisory still in effect: The city said in a tweet late Sunday night, “The power shutoff impacts the City’s ability to pump raw water for treatment, limiting us to what was pumped in reservoirs pre-power outage.”
Reminder: Vallejo’s mandatory water conservation advisory is still in effect! The power shutoff impacts the City’s ability to pump raw water for treatment, limiting us to what was pumped in reservoirs pre-power outage. We all most do our part to extend the water supply. pic.twitter.com/Fy2i9U3sbk
— City of Vallejo (@CityofVallejo) October 28, 2019
6:19 a.m. Kincade Fire burns 54,000 acres, 5% contained: The Kincade Fire has burned 54,000 acres and was just 5% contained late Sunday. Containment had dipped from 10% percent earlier in the day. Officials are expected to update these numbers at a 7 a.m. news conference.
5:50 a.m. Kincade Fire affects Muni service: Transit officials said there will be no service on the 81X, 82X, 83X and 88 routes due impacts of the Kincade Fire. BART shuttle service was expected to offer service Monday morning. Elevators at some stations, however, are not working due to the PG&E power outages.
5:46 a.m. School closures around the Bay Area: A number of school districts around the Bay Area will close Monday due to the fires or the outages. This includes all Sonoma schools. For a complete list, click here.
5:36 a.m. Weather service lifts wind advisories, red flag warnings remain: National Weather Service officials canceled wind advisories as wind speeds dipped beneath advisory criteria. The red flag warnings were expected to remain active until 11 a.m. “Humidities are dry and winds are still breezy enough that critical fire weather conditions are ongoing,” weather service officials said in a tweet.
5:34 a.m. Seven Sonoma evacuation centers at capacity, eight still open: Sonoma County officials said early Monday that seven evacuation centers had reached capacity but eight were still open. Two animal shelters were also open. “No identification is needed to stay at an evacuation shelter, and Government Agencies, such as ICE, do not have access to the shelters. English and Spanish-speaking staff will be there to make these safe, supportive places for all.” officials wrote in an update. For a list of what’s open and what’s at capacity, click here.
5:24 a.m. BART elevators affected by shut-off: BART officials said elevators at the Rockridge, Orinda and Lafayette stations will not be operating because of the PG&E shut-off.
5:15 a.m. Smoke harming air quality in Bay Area: Much of Sonoma is experiencing unhealthy air quality as smoke from the Kincade Fire hovers over the region. East Bay air quality has also deteriorated; a monitor in Concord, last updated at midnight, shows the air at the “unhealthy for sensitive groups” level. A Spare the Air alert is in effect for the region Monday.
5:04 a.m. Airbnb offers free temporary housing for Kincade Fire evacuees: The room rental company is offering free accommodations and also seeking host volunteers through Nov. 7. More information is at www.airbnb.com/kincadefire19
4:46 a.m. Fast-growing Getty Fire is 250 acres: Over 470 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel are responding to the Getty Fire, along with neighboring agencies. The fire is now 250 acres, according to the fire department. The mandatory evacuation zone was expanded to encompass Sullivan Fire Road, Chautauqua Boulevard and the Pacific Coast Highway.
4:35 a.m. Getty Fire in LA grows, LeBron evacuates: The Getty Fire — which is near the Getty Center, part of the Getty Museum — grew to over 70 acres and is moving west, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Mandatory evacuations were issued from Mandeville Canyon Road south to West Sunset Boulevard and east to Interstate 405. NBA star LeBron James said on Twitter he was forced to evacuate because of a Los Angeles fire and was driving around with his family to find a room. He later said he found accommodations and said he was praying for families affected. James reportedly bought a house in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, which is in the Getty Fire evacuation zone.
Man these LA aren’t no joke. Had to emergency evacuate my house and I’ve been driving around with my family trying to get rooms. No luck so far! ♂️
— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2019
3:14 a.m. No immediate danger from Kincade Fire to Santa Rosa in Shiloh Ridge Road area: Cal Fire said the fire had calmed down and there was no immediate danger to structures, but it was still an active firefighting area. Flames had surged before midnight and threatened homes. A few hours later, temperatures had fallen to the 40s, and the night sky was clear.
2:38 a.m. Sonoma fire being investigated as arson: Officials are investigating whether the structure fire just east of the city of Sonoma on Napa Road was caused by an arsonist, said Sergeant Spencer Crum of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.
2:24 a.m. North Bay wind warning downgraded to advisory: The National Weather Service said a high wind warning was downgraded to a wind advisory through 11 a.m. Monday in the North Bay Mountains. Winds are expected to average 25 to 35 miles per hour, with gusts up to 55 miles per hour. East Bay Hills and the Diablo Range are expected to have 20 to 30 mile per hour winds with gusts up to 45 miles per hour.
2:16 a.m. 3,441 personnel fighting Kincade Fire: Firefighters have assigned 352 engines, 28 water tenders, 10 helicopters, 76 hand crews and 51 dozers to battle the more than 54,000-acre blaze, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said. Evacuation centers have been established at Napa Valley Expo, CrossWalk Community Church in Napa and Petaluma Valley Baptist Church.
2:00 a.m Two earthquakes reported in Kincade Fire area: The U.S. Geological Survey reported two earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 and 3.3 near the Geysers at 1:08 a.m. and 1:10 a.m. The epicenters appear to be close to or potentially within the Kincade Fire zone.
1:11 a.m. Fire in city of Sonoma: Firefighters are battling a fire at 612 Napa Road in the city of Sonoma, according to the Sonoma County Fire radio scanner. Downed wires, a vegetation fire and two fully engulfed structures were reported by firefighters.
12:43 a.m. Authorities are aggressively encouraging stragglers in and near the Larkfield-Wikiup area near Santa Rosa to get out now: They say the flames are just north of Shiloh Road.
Charles Endicott, 59, left his home at the Colonial Park mobile home park a little after midnight when a neighbor knocked on his door and said it was time to leave. He was headed on Old Road Highway to an evacuation center in Santa Rosa with he cat Smudge.
Up the street, Juan Garcia, 57, stood on the roof of his mobile home, eyes trained on the orange glow of sky about a mile away. He was looking for flames. “If I see flames, it’ll be 15 minutes for the fire to get here and we’ll leave,” he said. He and his wife, Angela Garcia, 55, have their car parked and ready to go. Meanwhile, sheriff’s vehicles drove up and down Old Redwood Highway, sirens blaring, warning people to leave.
12:10 a.m. 30,000 PG&E customers get power back, more inspections Monday morning: PG&E issued a weather “all clear” for the Northern Sierras and North Coast and said 30,000 customers had power restored as of 10 p.m. Sunday. Workers will begin inspections at first daylight Monday and PG&E aims to restore power in the area within 48 hours.
11:54 p.m. Tehama County fire 50% contained: The Rawson Fire off Gyle Road and Long Dirt Road, northwest of Corning, is 605 acres and 50% contained, Cal Fire said.
11:43 p.m. Kincade Fire nearing Santa Rosa: The fire barreled south burning new structures as it moved south through rugged terrain toward neighborhoods on the north edge of Santa Rosa that were ravaged by the deadly Tubbs Fire of 2017.
10:18 p.m. Evacuation ordered: Sonoma County Sheriff’s office is instructing residents to evacuate on Faught Rd from Shiloh to Old Redwood Hwy in Larkfield-Wikiup, an unincorporated area between Santa Rosa and Windsor. On Nixle the office stated: “If in this area, you need to leave immediately!!”
9:20 p.m. Property in flames: Winds whipped through a property at 8600 block of Chalk Hill Road in Windsor, causing existing embers to grow into tall flames. Trees burned down. Within minutes a dark red glow enveloped the entire property, sending smoke billowing onto the street.
8:42 p.m. Transit updates: San Francisco Bay Ferry tweeted that Monday service for Vallejo, Alameda, Oakland, Harbor Bay, Richmond and South San Francisco would operate on schedule. Golden Gate Transit and Golden Gate Ferry also said they anticipate operating regular service, but some Golden Gate bus lines would be canceled Monday:
• All southbound morning bus trips canceled for the 72, 72X, 74 and 76 lines. Northbound afternoon bus service will operate as scheduled to Sonoma County, but only as far north as the Santa Rosa Transit Mall.
• All morning service for the Route 31 line is canceled between San Rafael and Larkspur Ferry.
• Southbound trips for the Route 101 line will begin at the Rohnert Park Expressway and Commerce Blvd bus stop. Northbound trips will operate as far north as the Santa Rosa Transit Mall.
• Southbound trips for the Route 101X line will begin at the southbound Highway 101/Rohnert Park Expressway bus pad. Northbound trips will operate as far north as the Santa Rosa Transit Mall.
8:34 p.m. San Francisco opens shelter for Kincade Fire evacuees: Mayor London Breed announced that San Francisco would open a 200-person shelter for adults, families and pets fleeing the Kincade Fire. The shelter will be located at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 1111 Gough Street and will open at 8 a.m. Monday. Health workers will be on site to assess medical and mental health needs.
8:15 p.m. Smoke prompts public health warning: Contra Costa County Health Services issued a public health advisory for Pittsburg, Bay Point, central Concord and Walnut Creek to alert residents there that smoke drifting from the Glen Cove Fire in Solano County would create “hazardous air quality” Monday. The agency said people in those regions should minimize time spent outdoors, especially older adults, pregnant women and people with asthma, lung or heart disease. Using a mask is not an effective substitute for staying indoors, officials said.
8:01 p.m. More schools closed Monday: All Sonoma County public schools will close Monday and Tuesday, as will almost all Marin sites and the UC Berkeley campus. Oakland Unified School District said it would close 16 schools Monday. See the latest details here.
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