SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A Northern California wildfire exploded in size early today as dangerously windy weather prompted the states largest utility to impose electrical blackouts in an effort to prevent fire catastrophes.
The fire in the Sonoma County wine region north of San Francisco grew to more than 15 square miles before dawn and authorities ordered evacuations near the small community of Geyserville.
There was no immediate information about what caused the fire, but wildfire risk was extremely high as humidity levels plunged and gusty winds up to 70 mph hit the region.
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