Good morning, Bay Area. It’s Friday, Oct. 25, and a dangerous fire is burning in Sonoma as another round of potential forced outages looms this weekend. Here’s what you need to know to start your day. Kincade Fire “The Fire Department came and said we had to leave,” said Paula Whitehall, 65, who fled her Geyserville home in pajamas, the fire raging a short distance away on a hill next to the River Rock Casino. “I just thought, Here we go again.” A fire sparked in northeastern Sonoma County on Wednesday evening has burned 16,000 acres and destroyed 49 structures, as about 2,000 residents, including the entire town of Geyserville, evacuated. The fire is 5% contained, Cal Fire says. A PG&E transmission tower malfunctioned near the origin of the Kincade Fire right around the time it began, the company told state regulators Thursday. Hours before, PG&E had shut off its low-voltage distribution lines in that area as it put nearly 28,000 Sonoma County homes and businesses in the dark to prevent its equipment from starting a fire in extreme winds. But PG&E did not turn off its higher-volt transmission lines in the area, as J.D. Morris reports. The Kincade Fire… Read full this story
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