Strong winds, warm temperatures and low humidity combine to increase the risk of fire danger. The warning area includes the cities of Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. The Kincade Fire, the state’s largest wildfire which started October 23, has scorched more than 74,000 acres in Sonoma County. More than 100 structures have been destroyed, many others are damaged. The fire grew at a rate of one football field every three seconds. Parts of Lake County were issued new evacuation warnings Monday night. It could take months for the fires to contain it. In Los Angeles County, crews are battling the Getty Fire which is currently 5% contained. The wind has the potential to be the strongest Santa Ana wind event so far this season, according to the National Weather Service.
At least 16 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District remained closed Tuesday because of fire conditions. Community Resource Centers are open during the shutoffs in Northern California. People are provided with a place to charge their phones, use restrooms and sit in air conditioning.