The critical weather warnings came just days after Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency because of the fires. According to PG&E, that works out to approximately 900,000 people without lights, refrigerators or climate control as nighttime temperatures dip to near freezing and the utility slowly begins restoring power across the north of the western USA state.
"There is increasing confidence of a strong and damaging Santa Ana wind event late Tuesday evening into Thursday", the alert states.
Firefighters battling the massive Kincade Fire in California's Sonoma County don't have to work on empty stomachs - thanks to celebrity chef Guy Fieri and his buddies. Despite cutting power to more than 2.5 million people, the electricity was not turned off in the area because it wasn't designated as high risk.
The company filed for bankruptcy in January, citing $30 billion in potential liability from a series of deadly fires sparked by its equipment in 2017 and 2018.
A spokeswoman cautioned that officials haven't determined the cause of the fire in Simi Valley. "We have a 465-square-mile service territory".
Arson investigators determined the fire was sparked by a broken tree branch that was blown into power lines.
A new wildfire erupted Wednesday in wind-whipped Southern California, forcing the evacuation of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and nearby homes, as both ends of the state struggled with blazes, dangerously gusty weather and deliberate blackouts. Schools and college campuses canceled classes, and county authorities handed out filter masks at five sites.
As helicopters and airplanes labored to extinguish the blaze, some 800 firefighters tackled it on the bottom.
The Kincade Fire began October 23 and has since burned through more than 76,000 acres of Northern California.
As many as 190,000 people were displaced at the height of the Kincade fire, but some evacuations have since been lifted.
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The National Weather Service issued an extreme red flag warning for high winds for much of Southern California through Thursday evening, with some gusts expected to reach 80 miles per hour (130 kph). "PG&E's is 70,000 square miles, Edison is 50,000 square miles".
With California's wildfires growing larger and more frequent due to rising temperatures and erratic winds, Morris said he would need to double his herd to meet soaring demand. The fire raced down toward neighborhoods and threatening thousands of homes. So far, it has destroyed 206 structures, including 94 homes, and left 40 damaged.
According to Newsweek, there are at least nine ongoing wildfires throughout the state that have already burned some 90,000 acres combined with the Kincade Fire being the most vast at more than 76,000 acres burned.
The fire destroyed at least 206 structures, including 94 homes, and threatened 90,000 more, a lot of them homes, authorities said.
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"This all adds up to an extreme fire weather threat, meaning that conditions are as unsafe for fire growth and behavior as we have seen in recent memory", the NWS said in a statement.
But the new winds forecast for Tuesday have caused Pacific Gas & Electric to issue a new warning that some 605,000 customers in 29 counties could have their power shutdown in order to prevent more wildfires.
Because of the wind concern in Northern California, PG&E said it will move forward with its third power outage in a week. In infrared light, unaffected land appears blue, burned vegetation looks rust-coloured, and the active fire glows red and orange.