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The Saddleridge Fire in the Sylmar area of northern Los Angeles County remains at 8,391 acres, while containment has improved to 62 percent. Strong winds are expected in the area, challenging firefighters ability to hold the fire's containment lines.

The Briceburg Fire near Yosemite Park in Mariposa County remains at 5,563 acres, with containment now at 95 percent.

A new fire flared up in western Santa Barbara County in the Gaviota area near Goleta. Dubbed the Real (pronounced Rey-AL) Fire, it quickly grew to 440 acres and forced the evacuation of campgrounds in the area as well as Gaviota, and put areas west of Goleta on notice. US Highway 101 was closed for a time, but has since reopened. Containment is at 20 percent.
 
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I saw that exact same article in the LA Times from a link someone posted on fb yesterday. It's an interesting read.
Indeed it is. An 8.0 earthquake on that fault line could rattle substantial parts of southern California from Fresno and Monterey southward.
 
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The Saddleridge Fire near the northern Los Angeles County community of Sylmar has increased in size to 8,799, according to Inciweb, though that is likely due to better mapping of the fire area. Containment has increased to 72 percent.

The Briceburg Fire near Yosemite Park in Mariposa County remains at 5,563 acres, and is now 98 percent contained.

The Real Fire burning near Goleta in western Santa Barbara County is at 420 acres, likely amended due to better mapping of the fire area. The campsites evacuated yesterday have been re-opened to allow campers to retrieve their belongings. US highway 101 was closed for a short time yesterday, but has since re-opened. Containment is at 50 percent. Critical fire weather is expected for the area, which may hamper the firefighters' efforts.
 

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The Saddleridge Fire burning in the Sylmar area of northern Los Angeles County continues to hold at 8,799 acres, with containment improved to 83 percent. However, a Red Flag Warning, indicating very low humidity levels coupled with strong winds, has been issued for the area.

The Briceburg Fire burning in Mariposa County near Yosemite Park remains at 5,563 acres and 98 percent containment.

The Real Fire burning in western Santa Barbara County has been held to 420 acres, and containment has increased to 90 percent according to CalFire. Full containment is expected Monday.
 

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The Saddleridge Fire in the northern Los Angeles County community of Sylmar remains at 8,799 acres, while containment has improved to 92 percent. Low humidity and strong winds are a concern for the next couple of days.

The Briceburg Fire in Mariposa County has inched closer to full containment, with containment now at 99 percent after burning 5,563 acres near Yosemite Park.

The Real Fire in the Gaviota area west of Goleta in Santa Barbara County has been fully contained. It burned 420 acres since it started last Thursday, prompting evacuations of nearby campgrounds and temporarily closing US Highway 101. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Things got too close for comfort in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles County as several high-dollar homes were threatened by a fire that quickly grew to 40 acres, prompting evacuations. The fire has been contained and evacuations lifted earlier this evening, but firefighters are concerned about low humidity and strong winds expected for the area that could cause the fire to escape containment.
 

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The Saddleridge Fire in the northern Los Angeles County community of Sylmar is now 95 percent contained as of late this morning, being held at 8,799 acres.

There is no change in the status of the Briceburg Fire burning in Mariposa County.

PG&E is planning on shutting off power to residents of 16 northern California counties tomorrow as part of its Public Safety Power Shutoff program in advance of predicted fire danger weather. Gusty winds, low humidity, and warming temperatures are expected for parts of northern California over the next couple of days.
 

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The Kincade fire, in Sonoma County, has burned over 10k acres and destroyed homes in the Jimtown community Wednesday night through this (Thursday) afternoon. High winds are expected to continue in the area. Many people are reported to be in danger at this point.
 
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The Kincade fire, in Sonoma County, has burned over 10k acres and destroyed homes in the Jimtown community Wednesday night through this (Thursday) afternoon. High winds are expected to continue in the area. Many people are reported to be in danger at this point.
I'll have more on this when updates come in this evening, but, yeah, there are three new fires in California - one in Northern CA, two in Los Angeles County - that are causing a lot of damage and eluding containment.
 
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It has not been a good day for California. Strong, gusty offshore winds, bone-dry humidity levels, and warming temperatures created the perfect environment for wildfires to start and burn explosively.

The largest fire started very late last night in Sonoma County near the town of Geyserville. The Kincaide Fire very quickly exploded to over 16,000 acres overnight and during the day, prompting the evacuation of the entire town's 2,000-some-odd residents. Driven by strong, variable winds that have at times gusted up to 76 miles per hour, the fire has spread "in all directions". Authorities confirmed that 49 structures have burned. Meanwhile, Pacific Gas & Electric made note of an electrical malfunction at one of their transmission towers near where the fire started. Containment of the fire is at five percent.

Down in Los Angeles County, another fire broke out today and grew quickly in the strong, gusty Santa Ana winds in Canyon Country near Agua Dulce. The Tick Fire, along with another fire being called a branch of the Tick Fire, have forced the evacuation of more than 50 thousand residents around Agua Dulce and the Santa Clarita Valley. The branch fire, dubbed Tick Branch 10, has burned into a neighborhood and damaged or destroyed an unknown number of structures. Combined, these fires have burned over 3,000 acres. There is no containment of either of these fires which are raging out of control.

The Briceburg Fire burning in Mariposa County has been reported as fully contained. It has burned 5,563 acres near Yosemite Park, forcing the closure of State Route 140 into Yosemite and forcing the evacuation of residents in the area when the fire began 16 days ago. It has burned one structure.

There is no update on the Saddleridge Fire in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles County.

I'll update this post as more details come in.

Updated 7:55pm PDT
 
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The Kincade Fire near the Sonoma County town of Geyserville has grown to 23,700 acres, and despite relatively calm winds today, firefighters made no headway in containing the fire. It remains only five percent contained. Smoke from the fire is affecting air quality in the Bay Area, and is making its way into the San Joaquin Valley. So far, 49 structures - 21 of them homes - and several vineyards have burned. New evacuation orders have been issued for six communities in addition to Geyserville. High winds are forecast to pick up again tomorrow, and PG&E is planning another round of Public Safety Power Shutoffs for many parts of northern California. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but it is believed PG&E equipment failure at a transmission tower may be to blame.

The Tick Fire burning around Agua Dulce and the Santa Clarita Valley in northern Los Angeles County has burned just over 4,000 acres and is only ten percent contained. Six structures have been confirmed destroyed, along with another seven that sustained damage. Some evacuated residents were allowed to return today, but around 40,000 people remain evacuated. Ten thousand structures remain threatened. Investigators believe they have found the fire's origin and are investigating the cause.
 

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PG&E screwed the pooch with this one. It's suspected one of their transformers glitched and caused the Kincade fire.

Once again, we're in the middle of a major "wind event". My phone has been sending me dire red alert warnings for three days, because just north of me, the winds may reach gust speeds of 85MPH. The winds are supposed to be blowing the fire towards the coast for the next couple of days. A large swath of northern California is under mandatory evacuation orders.

The rest of the SF Bay Area is once again an asthmatic's nightmare. I now keep N95 masks in my car at all times.
 

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The Kincade Fire in northeastern Sonoma County has grown to 25,955 acres and is only 11 percent contained. Evacuation orders for around 90,000 additional residents have been issued for areas west of Healdsburg, from the Russian River Valley all the way to Bodega Bay, as strong winds whip the fire and drive it south and westward. So far, 77 structures have been destroyed with an additional 14 damaged. Around 23,500 structures are imminently threatened. Pacific Gas and Electric is shutting off power to more than a million customers across northern California due to the expected record high winds.

Down in the southland, things are looking better, as calm winds have helped firefighters gain the upper hand on the Tick Fire burning near the Santa Clarita Valley in northern Los Angeles County. The fire has burned 4,600 acres, but containment has increased to 55 percent. Eighteen structures have been destroyed by the fire, with an additional sixteen sustaining some sort of damage. Lowered humidity and strong, gusty westerly winds are forecast for the area.
 
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They must be selling a lot of AC generators out there.
 

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Conditions in Northern California continue to deteriorate as the Kincade Fire burning in Sonoma County has more than doubled in size since yesterday, now at 54,298 acres. Containment of the fire was partially lost today, falling to just five percent amid winds gusting to more than 90 miles per hour. More than 180,000 people have been ordered evacuated from large parts of Sonoma County. 94 structures have been destroyed, and 80,000 structures are threatened. Strong winds and low humidity are expected to continue into Monday. Smoke from the fire is significantly impacting air quality in the Bay Area and the San Joaquin Valley as far south as Kern County.

A number of smaller fires ignited within the Bay Area prompting evacuations and highway closures. Collectively, the Glencove, Sky, American, Alhambra, and Forest Fires have charred a few hundred acres and are mostly or completely contained.

The Tick Fire in the Santa Clarita Valley area of Los Angeles County has been held to 4,600 acres as containment improves to 70 percent. All evacuation orders have been lifted. However, fire danger weather is forecast for the area.
 
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A quickly growing wildfire in the Sepulveda Pass area off Interstate 405 in Los Angeles County ignited early this morning, quickly growing to around 500 acres. At least five structures have been destroyed and another four damaged. Ten thousand people have been ordered to evacuate as numerous buildings are threatened. No word yet on containment.
 
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Winds in northern California subsided a bit, albeit temporarily, allowing firefighters to gain some ground with the Kincade Fire burning in Sonoma County. Even so, the fire has grown significantly to 74,324 acres at 15 percent containment. So far, 123 structures have been destroyed, 57 of them homes. Approximately 90,000 structures remain threatened. Strong winds are expected again starting tomorrow, and PG&E is planning a new round of power shutoffs for parts of northern California and the Bay Area even as parts of California are still in the dark from the previous power shutoff.

The Tick Fire in the Santa Clarita Valley area of Los Angeles County remains at 4,615 acres with containment now at 82 percent, according to Cal Fire.

A little further south in the Sepulveda Pass area of Los Angeles County, the Getty Fire ignited early this morning, and quickly grew to 618 acres in the affluent Brentwood area. Thousands of homes were evacuated, with 10,000 residences still under evacuation orders. Parts of the busy I-405 freeway were closed today due to the fire. Eight homes have been destroyed, with another six sustaining damage. The fire is only five percent contained at this time. A "potentially stronger Santa Ana wind event" is expected Tuesday through Thursday.