New wildfires spark more evacuations as California burns

October 29, 2019, 10:33 a.m.
Embers blow in the wind as the Kincaide Fire burns on Oct. 24, 2019 in Geyserville, California.
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Raging wildfires in California have forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate their homes near Los Angeles and in Northern California wine country.

As of early Tuesday morning, the Los Angeles Times wildfires map showed 12 active fires burning across the state, with more than 100,000 acres already burned. The largest active fire is the Kincade fire, shown above in Geyserville. It started Oct. 23 in Sonoma County and has burned 74,324 acres so far with only 15% of that contained.

The fires are being fueled by high winds, low humidity and high temperatures.

Due to hurricane-force winds, the Kincade fire initially grew at a rate of one football field every three seconds when it first started, according to CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller. You can see footage from the Kincade fire in the video below.

The Getty fire broke out on Monday morning in West Los Angeles near the Getty Center and has burned 600 acres so far. Though not the largest or most damaging fire, the Times points out that it has hit some "of the priciest enclaves on Earth," forcing homeowners like NBA star LeBron James to evacuate and search for hotel rooms. In the photo above, you can see a firefighter dousing a structure consumed by the Getty fire in the upscale Brentwood neighborhood in Los Angeles.

Firefighters battle the Getty fire in Los Angeles' upscale Brentwood neighborhood on Oct. 28, 2019. Firefighters battle the Getty fire in Los Angeles' upscale Brentwood neighborhood. (Photo: APU GOMES/Getty Images)

More than 25 million people in southern California are under red flag warnings for extreme fire conditions. In addition to the warnings, power outages have been rampant as utility companies shut off power to avoid the fire risks caused by downed power lines.

Flames consume a home in Healdsburg, California, during the Kincade fire on Oct. 27. Officials hope to have it under control in early November. Flames consume a home in Healdsburg, California, during the Kincade fire on Oct. 27. Officials hope to have the massive fire under control by early November. (Photo: JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Roughly 587,000 Pacific Gas & Electric customers were without power Monday afternoon due to intentional blackouts, according to The New York Times. The utility said it had restored service to an estimated 375,000 to 400,000 of 970,000 customers that were impacted. But it said many residents could remain without electricity for much of this week because more high winds are in the forecast. There are more planned outages for about 600,000 customers Tuesday and Wednesday.

Fire officials hope that the Kincade fire can be contained by early November but they say it could take months for the wildfires to be completely extinguished.

"We tentatively believe the fire will be contained November 7, again that is our best estimate based on models and projections," CalFIRE spokesman Jonathan Cox told CNN. "As far as when every smoking stump may be extinguished, that could be weeks if not months."

Editor's note: This story has been updated with new information since it was published in October 2019.