2019 has been quite the year for California’s land, and not in a good way. There have been far too many fires, which have destroyed land, homes, and living situations for so many individuals. According to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, 200,000 customers currently remain without power in Northern California. Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) filed two reports indicating their equipment may be involved in the start of two fires in the San Francisco Bay area. More than 26 million people from California to Arizona are under red flag warnings as firefighters continue to deal with blazes already burning in California’s wine country and in the Los Angeles area. Please keep in mind that this information is constantly and quickly changing.
Statewide power shut-offs as of October 30th consisted of:
- Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E): 206,000 customers without power
- Southern California Edison (SCE): 71,000 customers without power
- San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E): 21,785 customers without power
While utilities are beginning to restore power now in norcal, there are still ongoing power shutoffs in SoCal, particularly due to the significant amounts of winds that are occurring there.
To say the least, all of California’s firefighting operations are hard work. With the burning of multiple fires, no wonder why we have to be on such a constant close watch. Here is a brief overview of the fires:
The Easy Fire
On the morning of October 30th a new fire broke out in Simi Valley, prompting the evacuation of the Reagan Presidential Library. About 26,000 people were forced to evacuate. The fire has burned at least 1,300 acres.
The Getty Fire
According to officials, the Los Angeles Getty Fire has destroyed at least eight homes since flaring up early on Monday, October 28th.
The Kincade Fire
The state’s largest active wildfire has scorched more than 76,100 acres in and around Northern California’s Sonoma County all within the last couple of weeks of October.
The Hill Fire
Firefighters are gaining the upper hand on the Hill Fire, which has scorched 250 acres in Riverside County. The Riverside County Fire Department stated that they have stopped forward progress of the fire burning in Jurupa Valley. The fire is 5% contained.
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