As fires rage, California faces historic blackouts

National News

October 25, 2019 - 4:55 PM

A Cal Fire firefighter mops up a hot spot on hillside along Highway 18 in San Bernardino, Calif., Thursday. LOS ANGELES TIMES/IRFAN KHAN/TNS

HEALDSBURG, Calif. ? Firefighters struggled Friday against a wildfire burning across Sonoma County wine country as Northern California braced for a weekend of intense winds, critical fire danger and mass power outages.

The Kincade fire has burned more than 16,000 acres in northern Sonoma County. It has forced thousands to flee their homes.

The entire town of Geyserville and vineyards in the region were forced to evacuate as the blaze, pushed by wind gusts topping 70 mph, burned out of control.

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