Sonoma's "Kinkade Fire" Now At Over 100,000 Acres
SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. -- More than 180,000 people are being evacuated from the devastating Kincade Fire in Sonoma County. The blaze has now burned 100,298 acres and is 5 percent contained, according to CAL FIRE. There are 130,000 structures threatened and 109 structures destroyed, including at least 31 homes.
New emergency evacuations were enforced in Santa Rosa Sunday night as large flames spread quickly toward homes in the areas of Markwest, Larkfield, and Wikiup. Police drove through the streets, blasting sirens as a final warning to get out immediately.
In response to the overwhelming number of evacuees, San Francisco Mayor London Breed declared a local state of emergency to provide emergency shelter for those displaced in the fire.
"In light of the unprecedented number of evacuees, San Francisco will open a temporary disaster shelter to assist those who have been displaced," a newsletter from the Mayor's office said.
The shelter will be located at Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption (St. Mary's Cathedral) at 1111 Gough Street and will be open at 8:00 am Monday October 28, 2019. The temporary shelter is scheduled through Friday to support the statewide shelter system as necessary.
"San Francisco stands with our neighbors to the north and is ready to help in every way we can," said Mayor Breed. "Our City departments are working in unison to provide shelter and care to those who have been displaced, while first responders continue to fight the fire in Sonoma County."