Latest developments on fires around the region and PG&E’s power shut-offs. Complete details on the Kincade Fire are here; details on the Vallejo fire are here; details on the Lafayette fired are here; and full coverage on the outages is here.
6:17 p.m. Shut-off numbers: PG&E said in a Sunday press conference that 965,000 customers were affected by the preventative blackouts, slightly more than the previously announced figure of 940,000 businesses and residences.
6:15 p.m. Burris Fire update: Cal Fire said the Burris Fire off Potter Valley Road and Hwy. 20 east of Calpella in Mendocino County had grown to 350 acres and was 20% contained.
6:13 p.m. Evacuation lifted for Martinez: The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said the evacuation order for Martinez had been lifted.
6:08 p.m. PG&E update: Company officials said between 20,000 and 50,000 customers in the northern part of its service area would have power restored Sunday evening. The utility’s meteorologists expect to get an “all clear” between 6 and 8 a.m. Monday for most areas, giving crews the full day to run inspections and potentially restore power to many of the millions who lost power over the weekend.
6:04 p.m. Kincade Fire grows to 50,000 acres: Gov. Gavin Newsom said more than 3,000 fire personnel are battling the blaze. Six of 10 designated shelters for those fleeing the fire are full, Newsom said.
5:58 p.m. Contra Costa County declares local emergency: Severe weather conditions prompt county officials to issue a proclamation of local emergency. The potential for damage and power disruptions caused by blustery winds and low humidity “are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment and facilities of the county,” officials said.
5:40 p.m. PG&E’s “sliver of good news:” PG&E officials said Sunday that winds expected to blow in this week will be weaker than the system currently striking the state. No major wind events are forecasted after Wednesday, the utility said at a press conference.
5:20 p.m. Evacuation lifted for Clayton: Cal Fire lifts the evacuation orders for Clayton, but warns of smoky conditions.
5:10 p.m. Smoke prompts East Bay health warning: Smoky conditions from the Glen Cove Fire in Solano County lead Contra Costa County Health Services to issue a public health advisory for Concord, Pittsburg, Bay Point and much of Central and South County. The warning is aimed at people with respiratory sensitivities.
4:40 p.m. Lafayette evacuations eased: The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District has lifted evacuation orders south of Hwy. 24 in Lafayette. Residents can return home, but air quality remains poor. Evacuations are still in place north of the highway.
4:18 p.m. Evacuations ordered in Martinez: The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District ordered an evacuation for areas between Alhambra Ave. and Morello Ave, and between Vine Hill Way and Sunnybrae Dr. in Martinez due a rapidly spreading fire there. The five-acre blaze has been named the Alhambra Fire. Residents were advised to evacuate toward Morello Ave.
4:10 p.m. Fire sparks in Martinez: Contra Costa fire officials said in a tweet that firefighters were responding to a rapidly spreading two-acre fire in the area of Alhambra Ave. and Forrest Way.
4:05 p.m. Mendocino County blaze grows: Cal Fire reports the Burris Fire has grown to 250 acres and is 0% contained.
3:58 p.m. Sonoma inmates evacuated: The Sonoma County Sheriff said inmates housed in the North County Detention Facility in Santa Rosa had been evacuated Saturday evening and moved to the Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County.
3:42 p.m. Vallejo fire threat diminished: The 150-acre Sky Fire is 50% contained, and forward progress on the Glen Cove Fire, also in the area, has been stopped. Vallejo firefighters have said they are “mopping up” as they reopened I-80.
3:37 p.m. Tennis club badly damaged in Lafayette Fire: The main building housing the Tennis Club was badly damaged, according to a Contra Costa County Fire department public information officer.
3:28 p.m. Interstate 5 reopens in Sacramento: The interstate has reopened in the Sacramento area after shutting down due to a fire.
3:29 p.m. Kincade Fire kept out of Windsor, for now: Hundreds of firefighters and fire trucks on the north and northeastern edges of Windsor were able to temporarily hold off the fire that spilled in from the hills Sunday afternoon. Crews fought an hours-long battle both in the rural areas off Limerick Lane and the suburban neighborhoods near Foothill Regional Park amid strong winds and heavy smoke. Firefighters drenched homes and yards with water and cut lines around houses with axes and Pulaskis, and kept the flames at bay. A handful of structures and vehicles were lost but it doesn’t appear that there was widespread damage.
3:08 p.m. Forward progress stops for Lafayette Fire: The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District tweeted that firefighters had stopped the forward progress of the Lafayette Fire.
3:14 p.m. Mendocino County fire is 50 acres: Cal Fire reports that the fire has reached 50 acres, prompting the evacuations listed below. It is off Potter Valley Road and Highway 20, east of Calpella.
3:00 p.m. Evacuations ordered in Mendocino County The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office ordered evacuations for all residences on Hwy. 20 to Blue Lakes because of a wildfire. The area of Redemeyer Road and Deerwood Road is under an evacuation warning. Officials said to move north on Highway 101. The only direction of travel will be west on Highway 20 and north on Highway 101.
2:59 p.m. Bart bus not stopping in Lafayette: Bart’s bus service (which is temporarily replacing the train) “is not stopping at Lafeyette station due to mandatory fire department evacuations. Bus bridge service will continue between Orinda and Walnut Creek,” per a Bart alert tweet.
2:53 p.m. I-80 reopened in Vallejo: I-80 has reopened in both directions, according to California Highway Patrol.
2:51 p.m. New evacuations ordered in Lafayette: A fire in Lafayette has consumed 5 acres and three homes are involved, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. In addition to existing evacuations in Lafayette, officials have ordered evacuations for residents south of Old Tunnel Road and between El Curtola Boulevard and Pleasant Hill Road. Springhill Elementary School, located at 3301 Springhill Road, is available for evacuees.
2:42 p.m. East Bay traffic snarled due to road closures, fires: Traffic was backed up through Benicia on Interstate 780 as people worked around Carquinez Bridge closures caused by a fire in the Vallejo area, according to a Chronicle reporter in the area. It was stop-and-go in Walnut Creek on Interstate 680 and along 24 due to fires popping up in Contra Costa County.
2:38 p.m. Evacuations ordered in Mendocino: The Mendocino Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation order for the Cold Creek Ranch area due to a fire in the area of Ellidge Ranch Road, Kings Ranch Road and Horseshoe Circle. Residents were asked to evacuate immediately via Potter Valley Road to Highway 20 towards Ukiah.
2:37 p.m. Major highways closed in Sacramento: California Highway Patrol said both I-80 and I-5 in were closed in both directions in downtown Sacramento due to fire.
2:33 p.m. Westbound Interstate-80 re-opens in Vallejo area: The westbound lanes of the the Carquinez Bridge have re-opened after shutting down due to a fire that leaped across the straits, according to the California Highway Patrol. The eastbound lanes remain closed.
2:31 p.m. Smoke may spread Monday: The powerful winds pushing the Kincade Fire toward the ocean have also kept the Bay Area’s air reasonably clear, except for fire areas. But the winds are forecast to shift Monday afternoon, bringing smoke throughout the region — especially San Francisco, the East Bay and North Bay.
2:27 p.m. Attorney general warns against illegal price gouging: Xavier Becerra issued a consumer alert reminding Californians that price gouging during a state of emergency is illegal: “Families in California are in the midst of dealing with devastating wildfires. They shouldn’t have to worry about whether they’re being illegally cheated out of fair prices,” Becerra said. “Our state’s price gouging law protects people impacted by an emergency from illegal price gouging on housing, gas, food, and other essential supplies.”
2:08 p.m. Evacuations in Lafayette: Immediate evacuations are in place in Lafayette near Camino Diablo and Springbrook Road, according to the Contra Costa sheriff’s office. “Due to a fast moving fire near Camino Diablo and Springbrook Road an immediate evacuation has been ordered. Leave now and go towards Springhill Elementary School 3301 Springhill Road in Lafayette,” an alert said.
2:03 p.m. Marin County evacuation center full: The center in Marin County for evacuees fleeing the Kincade Fire is at capacity, according to Marin County officials.
1:57 p.m. East Bay Regional Parks closed: The park system said it is closed until 9 a.m. Tuesday due to extreme weather and fire danger.
1:52 p.m. Two fires burning in Lafayette: Contra Costa County officials said two fires have sparked in Lafayette and are growing quickly. The first fire is at Pleasant Hill Road and Condit. The second is off of Camino Diablo. At least one fire has obstructed access for emergency vehicles and evacuations have been ordered at Stow Road. Downed power lines were reported at both locations, according to the county’s public information officer.
1:50 p.m. I-5 shutdown in Sacramento area: The California Highway Patrol says I-5 is shut down in both directions at I-80 due to a fire.
— City of Sacramento (@TheCityofSac) October 27, 2019
1:45 p.m. PG&E Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has high-voltage power lines in the area where the Vallejo fire started Sunday: Despite mass blackouts in place, the transmission lines were turned on when the fire started, according to spokesman Paul Doherty. The fact that the lines were on is not an admission by PG&E that it had any role in the cause of the fire, which is still under investigation. Doherty said he did not know if the lines had any equipment problems before the fire began. Customers served by the transmission lines in the area include refineries that were still being served with power Sunday afternoon, he said. PG&E did not turn off the Vallejo-area transmission lines because wind speeds did not meet the company’s criteria, according to Doherty.
1:36 p.m. Spare-the-Air Alert issued for Monday: The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued an alert for smoke in the entire area. Winds are expected to shift and push smoke from the Kincade Fire and other smaller local fires into the North Bay, San Francisco and the East Bay.
1:33 p.m. PG&E monitoring new ‘severe wind event’ that may affect 32 counties, could merge with current blackout: The utility company said it is monitoring high winds expected to hit the Bay Area Tuesday and Wednesday that could prompt another scheduled blackout. Some customers may experience continuous outages, PG&E said.
1:24 p.m. Facilities building, some cars burned at Cal Maritime Academy: The president of Cal Maritime told a Chronicle reporter that he believes one building, and possibly some cars, burned down near Interstate 80 in the Vallejo fire, but the “rest of campus was spared.”
1:06 p.m. More outages possibly coming Tuesday: While the winds that prompted the current outage are forecast to die down on Monday, things may immediately pick back up: More offshore winds are expected on Tuesday, and PG&E says they could also warrant preventative shut-offs.
12:55 p.m. Napa County evacuation warnings issued for Kincade Fire: According to Cal Fire, the following areas are now under an evacuation warning: Calistoga, Napa County north of Diamond Mountain Road to Dunaweal Lane, east of the Sonoma County/Napa County line, south of the Lake County/Napa County line, and west of Pickett Road. An evacuation center has been established at Napa Valley College (2277 Napa Valley Highway). A warning means people should be ready to evacuate if an order is given.
EVACUATION WARNING has been placed for the following areas:
City of Calistoga and Napa County North of Diamond Mountain Road to Dunaweal Lane.
East of the Sonoma County/Napa County Line.
South of the Lake County/Napa County Line.
West of Pickett Road
— Rep. Jared Huffman (@RepHuffman) October 27, 2019
12:47 p.m. NuStar facility, site of earlier fuel-tank explosion, evacuated though threat thought to have passed: NuStar Energy spokeswoman Mary Rose Brown said the facility in Crockett, which had a fire and explosion earlier this month, was experiencing high winds and brush fires. NuStar evacuated workers to an area across the street and worked to douse water “on the surrounding grass outside the fence line,” Brown said in an email. Winds were not blowing toward the NuStar facility, she said. The fire approached the NuStar terminal but “did not impact the site,” Brown said in the email. A “small team” continued to monitor the conditions Sunday afternoon, though Brown said “the winds have been favorable and we believe the majority of the threat has passed.”
12:40 p.m. Crockett evacuation order and warnings lifted: County officials announced Crockett residents are free to return home after an all-clear was issued for the fire.
12:32 p.m. More than 50 wind-related incidents in San Francisco: The fire department has responded to wind-related incidents, like downed power lines and trees, across the city.
12:20 p.m. Extreme winds continue to blow: Wind speeds topped 70 mph at Mt. Saint Helena around noon, according to the National Weather Service. Other areas are experiencing gusts between 40 and 50 mph.
— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) October 27, 2019
12:07 p.m. Sky Fire in Crockett now 200 acres, 50% contained: Firefighters are making progress on the forward advance of the fire, according to Cal Fire.
12:01 p.m. Medical hotline available: California Health and Human Services has established a hotline for medically vulnerable residents and health facilities that need resources during the PG&E blackouts. Those who need assistance can call (833) 284-3473.
11:57 a.m. Early morning Contra Costa County fires contained: Three Oakley fires that broke out around 3 a.m. on Gateway Road in Bethel Island, Cypress Road and Bethel Island Road, and Cypress and Broadway Roads are fully contained, according to the East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. Crews continue to mop up hot spots. A fire on Leon Drive is 50% contained. All evacuation orders for these areas have been lifted.
11:51 a.m. San Francisco Bay Ferry rides canceled: Departures from Oakland and Alemeda to Pier 41 on the Bay Ferry have been canceled due to “severe” wind conditions, according to the California Highway Patrol.
11:41 a.m.: Fire near Crockett is 150 acres: Officials have evacuated parts of Crockett and Interstate-80 is closed in both directions as firefighters battle the 150-acre fire, according to Cal Fire. This is separate from the Vallejo fire near Glen Cove and the Carquinez Bridge.
11:35 a.m. Officials urge residents in Windsor, Healdsburg to evacuate immediately: The Sonoma County Sheriff again urged residents near Milk Barn Road and Limberick Lane to “EVACUATE NOW” as firefighters battle spot fires near those areas.
11:30 a.m. Officials considering evacuating Calistoga: County officials are debating whether to issue an evacuation warning or order for Calistoga. It could be issued in the near future, but nothing is official yet, according to a Napa County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson. The order would be issued via Nixle, Twitter and Facebook.
11:19 a.m. Gov. Newsom declares state of emergency statewide: The governor declared a statewide emergency due to “unprecedented” high winds that have led to the Kincade Fire and Tick Fire in Southern California. “We are deploying every resource available, and are coordinating with numerous agencies as we continue to respond to these fires. It is critical that people in evacuation zones heed the warnings from officials and first responders, and have the local and state resources they need as we fight these fires,” Newsom said.
I have declared a statewide emergency.
We’re deploying every resource available as we continue to respond to these fires and unprecedented high-winds.
If you live in an affected area, please stay safe, alert, and heed all warnings from local officials. https://t.co/w0Ft19lR3j
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) October 27, 2019
11:17 a.m. Crockett evacuation impacts 250, not connected to Vallejo fire: About 250 properties in Crockett were told to evacuate, according to Contra Costa County government spokesman Paul Burgarino. At the time, officials believe there is no connection between the fire that ignited in the hills south of Crockett and the Vallejo fire, he said. The fire started along Interstate 80 between Crockett and Cummings Skyway.
11:08 a.m. Evacuation center opened for Crockett: Residents fleeing the fire near Crockett should go to the evacuation center located at the Hercules Swim Center (2001 Refugio Valley Road), according to Contra Costa County officials.
10:57 a.m.: UC Berkeley classes canceled Monday: Because of “limited power,” there will be no classes Monday at least during the daytime. The campus will provide an update on Monday evening classes before noon Monday.
10:54 a.m.: Fire advances toward Windsor: Fire is moving from the hills above Windsor from the north and east toward town. Dozens of fire trucks have lined up on the north edge of Windsor to head off the fire and douse any spot fires before it comes into the city. The trucks on the north side of town, along Arata Lane and Los Amigos Road, are also buffering Hwy 101 (on both sides) to try to pinch the blaze if it jumps the freeway.
10:50 a.m. Unscheduled power outage in Point Richmond: From a Nixle alert — “Power outages in Pt. Richmond. Not on PG&E map. Traffic lights may be out; treat as all-way stop. Please be safe.
10:38 a.m. 101 closed again in Sonoma County: At about 10 a.m., heavy smoke forced the California Highway Patrol to close the highway again between Dry Creek Road and Arata Lane. “It is beginning to impact Highway 101 between Healdsburg and Windsor,” said Mike Blankenheim, the Cal Fire battalion chief.
10:33 a.m. Sonoma official says anyone still in Healdsburg and Windsor must leave: Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick said evacuations were “well-warranted” and anyone remaining in Healdsburg or Windsor was in “significant danger.” He encouraged anyone remaining behind to leave, and said more than 250 law enforcement officers are in the area to assist residents and prevent looting. People in Sonoma County who have not yet been evacuated should have a plan in case further evacuations are issued.
10:28 a.m.: Fire officials “very concerned” about Kincade Fire crossing U.S. 101: Strong winds are still pushing from the north and northeast, with peak gusts between 70 and 80 mph in higher elevation areas on Sunday morning. The fire is behaving erratically, spreading quickly and throwing off spot fires as far as one mile out.
10:26 a.m. Kincade Fire may not be contained until Nov. 7: Cal Fire spokesman Jonathan Cox said that Nov. 7 is the estimated containment date for the Kincade fire.
10:22 a.m. All of Crockett given evacuation warning: Residents should be ready to leave at any time, officials said. The city is also home to the NuStar energy storage facility that caught fire earlier this moth.
10:21 a.m.: New evacuation centers being set up for Kincade Fire evacuees: Sonoma County officials said evacuees Napa Valley College, Crosswalk Community Church, Marin County Fairgrounds and Alameda County Fairgrounds (large animals).
10:12 a.m. Crockett evacuations ordered: People south of Pomona Street in Crockett were ordered to evacuate because of the fire near the Carquinez Bridge.
10:00 a.m.: More I-80 fire details: Pinole’s police department tweeted: “There is a fire on both sides of I80 at the Carquinez Bridge. Eastbound I80 is shutdown from the Crockett side and closed westbound from the Vallejo side.”
10:00 a.m. Cal Maritime orders immediate evacuation: The campus, which is in Vallejo, tweeted: EVACUATE CAMPUS. Fire has jumped the freeway.”
9:54 a.m. Winds may pick up again Tuesday: David King, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said winds Tuesday are not expected to be as powerful as this weekend’s, but could still be strong, with gusts up to 60 mph compared with the 80 mph-plus winds that hit the area early Sunday.
9:37 a.m. I-80 closure details: The interstate is closed at the north end of the Carquinez Bridge, with heavy smoke above the Cal Maritime campus.
— Chris Aversano (@ChrisAversano) October 27, 2019
9:32 a.m. Vallejo fire reported to close I-80: The Vallejo Firefighters Association tweeted: “2 Vegetation Fires burning in Glen Cove Area. I-80 closed. More information to follow.”
9:26 a.m. Sonoma County airport is closed: All flights have been canceled Sunday, at least until late afternoon.
9:20 a.m. Trees and power lines down, debris fire in Fairfield: The fire department reported that it is responding to calls about trees down, including one that fell into a building that appears to have caused damage. There is also a debris fire in an unknown area, the department said.
9:15 a.m.: Wires, trees downed by strong winds in San Francisco: The fire department has received multiple reports of wires and trees down across the city. Winds are gusting between 20 and 30 mph in the San Francisco peninsula, with gusts reaching 35 mph, according to the National Weather Service. People should not approach downed power lines, which are dangerous, officials emphasized.
9:11 a.m. Evacuation orders lifted in Oakley, Clayton: Residents who had been evacuated in response to four small grass fires in Oakley and Clayton are being allowed to return to their homes, the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said.
9:10 a.m. More evacuations in Sonoma: Evacuations in Sonoma County have reached 185,000, according to the county’s emergency operations center
8:59 a.m. Lanes closed on northbound U.S. 101 in Brisbane, avoid area: Two lanes of northbound 101 near Tunnel Avenue remain closed due to a fire near the roadway, according to CHP spokesman Mark Andrews. All northbound lanes were shutdown for half an hour shortly after 8 a.m. because of heavy smoke. Southbound lanes were not affected. Traffic is expected to remain slow. San Francisco Department of Emergency Management instructed people to avoid the area.
8:51 a.m. Winds to remain strong through Monday: The National Weather Service released a wind forecast showing winds are expected to remain “very gusty,” especially in the North Bay.
8:43 a.m. Evacuation orders lifted for Oakley fires: Firefighters have stopped forward progress on the Summer Lake and Knightsen Avenue and Delta Road fires in Oakley and are working to contain them, according to Contra Costa County fire officials. Residents who were placed under evacuation earlier Sunday morning were free to return home as of 8:30 a.m.
8:39 a.m. Fire reported near Candlestick Point: The San Francisco Fire Department is responding to a wildland fire near southbound U.S. 101 and Tunnel Avenue, fire officials said. No structures were immediately threatened. Traffic delays are expected.
8:36 a.m. Nearly 1.5 million people in Bay Area without power: PG&E confirmed it had completed shutoffs for 446,956 homes and businesses in all Bay Area counties (San Francisco was spared). The utility company hopes to begin the power restoration process as early as Monday, a spokesperson said. For full coverage of the outages, click here.
8:35 a.m. Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa under evacuation: The hospital has safely transferred 110 patients to other Kaiser hospitals in Northern California after being placed under a mandatory evacuation at 4:30 a.m., according to a hospital spokesperson. The hospital had already begun a “controlled transfer” of patients at 10:30 p.m. Saturday as a precautionary measure. Kaiser hospitals in San Rafael and Vallejo have lost power due to the PG&E blackout, but remain fully operational on emergency power.
8:21 a.m. Mines Fire in Alameda County mostly contained: The Mines Fire off Mines Rd and Del Valle Rd southeast of Livermore, is 35 acres and 98% contained, according to Cal Fire.
8:17 a.m. Winds may have peaked: The National Weather Service said that winds will “start to reduce compared to the peak experienced in the last few hours, but remain strong today with a ramp up tonight. Winds will really ease Monday morning and into the afternoon. Smoke that drifts to the Bay Area can add haze and reduce air quality.”
8:02 a.m. Evacuations ordered in East Bay Clayton fire: Evacuations have been ordered for Leon Court, Leon Drive and Leon Way. “Residents should leave immediately,” Contra Costa fire officials said.
7:48 a.m. ‘Largest’ evacuation in memory, 180,000 forced to flee: The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office says the evacuation orders for 180,000 people affected by the Kincade Fire is the “largest that any of us at the Sheriff’s Office can remember.”
7:42 a.m. Evacuation centers available for those fleeing Kincade fire: People can seek shelter at one of four evacuation centers, according to Cal Fire. They are: Santa Rosa Fairgrounds (1350 Bennett Valley Road), Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds (175 Fairgrounds Road, Petaluma), Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building (1351 Maple Avenue) and Petaluma Veterans Center (1094 Petaluma Blvd).
7:40 a.m. Gas stations may be running short: Thousands of cars rolled south down Highway 101 near Santa Rosa early Sunday morning, following widespread evacuation orders. At a Shell station just off Highway 101 and Steele Lane, an employee said the station was nearly out of gas and wouldn’t be getting any more in until while there was still a danger of fire.
7:25 a.m. Peak wind gusts hit 93, 87 mph: The National Weather Service released information about peak overnight gusts across the Bay Area. The strongest recorded wind was 93 mph in the Healdsburg Hills north, followed by 87 mph at Mt. Saint Helena.
️The winds definitely came in overnight with a peak gust of 93 mph at Healdsburg Hills North. Here is a complete list of gusts around the region https://t.co/5b76IpN6FB #cawx #cafire pic.twitter.com/lyS8EB9JTl
— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) October 27, 2019
7:16 a.m. Highway 101 reopening: Officials are in the process of reopening the highway to through traffic between Santa Rosa and Cloverdale, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.
7:15 a.m. Kincade Fire now 30,000 acres: The fire has grown by about 5,000 acres since late Saturday night, according to Cal Fire. It remains 10% contained. It has destroyed 79 structures and threatened 31,175 structures.
7:07 a.m. Structure burns in Oakley: A structure has burned in the Oakley fire, according to the Contra Costa Fire Protection District. There were no immediate details.
6:20 a.m. Two fires reported in Bethel Island, Oakley: A fire near 3505 Gateway Boulevard in Bethel Island threatened structures, forced evacuations and closed down the local road, said the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. A second “potentially dangerous” grass fire near Bethel Island Road and Cypress Road in Oakley also prompted evacuations of the Summer Lake neighborhood, Knightsen Avenue and Delta Road area in Oakley. Evacuees were told to go to Delta Vista Middle School at 4901 Frank Hengel Way, Oakley.
6 a.m. Moville Vineyards building burned down: The Healdsburg vineyard at 10650 Highway 128 has a building that was destroyed.
5:49 a.m. Strongest winds yet near Kincade Fire: The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of up to 93 mph in Healdsburg Hills North, a few minutes after reporting peak gusts of 87 mph and said “the strongest gusts we’ve seen all night are occurring right now.”
5:49 a.m. Field Stone Winery burns: The Healdsburg winery is the second confirmed fire at a winery after Soda Rock Winery.
5:40 a.m. New fire east of Petaluma: The National Weather Service reported a new fire near Temelec in Sonoma County.
5:12 a.m. Highway 101 closed indefinitely: Northbound lanes of Highway 101 at Hopper Avenue in northern Santa Rosa and soundbound lanes at Cloverdale Boulevard South in Cloverdale are closed, said the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.
5 a.m. Community center evacuated: Sonoma County said that the Finley Community Center, which had been an evacuation center, has now been evacuated. “Please do not go there,” the county tweeted.
4:45 a.m. Soda Rock Winery burning: The Healdsburg winery on Highway 128 is completely engulfed in flames, and Cal Fire determined the building is unsalvageable. Originally built in 1869, the stone structure has been home to various wineries and was most recently renovated by Ken and Diane Wilson.
4:30 a.m. Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital evacuates: 97 patients have been evacuated from the Sutter Health hospital, and around 200 staff will follow, said Shaun Ralston, a hospital spokesman. “Everybody is accounted for and out the door,” he said. Patients will be moved to other hospitals in Sonoma County, Marin County and San Francisco, he said. The hospital isn’t in immediate danger from the Kincade Fire but is in an evacuation zone. “It’s definitely getting closer,” Ralston said of the fire.
4:22 a.m. Northeast Santa Rosa not under mandatory evacuation: Areas including Fountaingrove, Oakmont and Rincon Valley, designated as Sonoma County’s Evacuation Zone 6, are not under mandatory evacuation, the Santa Rosa police said. The county sheriff’s office incorrectly said the areas were in an earlier alert, but later said Porter Creek, Petrified Forrest, Calistoga and St. Helena Roads were under mandatory evacuation. A detailed evacuation map is available here.
4:17 a.m. 40 more fire engines ordered to fight Kincade Fire: Cal Fire is seeking reinforcements as it battles the Kincade Fire, which has been pushed south by wind past Highway 128, said spokesman Edwin Zuniga. Firefighters are now finding defensible homes from which to fight the fire.
3:48 a.m. Mandatory evacuations expand to Sebastopol, Bloomfield and Valley Ford: Evacuations are now mandatory in Sonoma County’s Evacuation Zone 8, “all areas west of Fulton Road, Llano Road, Pepper Road to the Marin County Line,” the sheriff’s office said. A detailed map is available here.
3:35 a.m. Evacuations ordered in Windsor: “Heavy wind, smoke, and debris around Arata Lane and Brooks Road in Windsor. Evacuate now,” said the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. An evacuation was already in place.
3:30 a.m. New fire east of Antioch: The National Weather service said a new fire was detected near Bethel Island east of Antioch. No other details were immediately available.
3:25 a.m. Kincade Fire threatens Healdsburg: Winds have picked up and fire activity has significantly increased and heading our way. LEAVE NOW,” city officials said. An evacuation was already in place.
3:12 a.m. Kincade Fire spread reported on Chalk Hill Road: Fire officials said on radio the Kincade Fire spread past Highway 128 to Chalk Hill Road. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said “fire moving fast,” trees were down on Chalk Hill Road and it was not a recommended evacuation route.
3:00 a.m. Winds picking up near Geyserville: Winds are increasing in speed around Chalk Hill Road and Alexander Valley near Geyserville, said the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, urging all residents to evacuate.
2:49 p.m. Healdsburg Hills winds now gusting to 80 mph: The National Weather Service said winds have reached 80 miles per hour near Healdsburg.
2:17 a.m. 104,826 locations in Marin County without power: The Marin County Sheriff’s office said on Twitter the shut-off is affecting 104,826 locations. PG&E previously said 118,535 metered locations, or 99% of the county, could be affected by power shut-offs.
1:41 a.m. Winds of 80 to 90 mph reported at Kincade Fire: A tweet by CA Fire Scanner reported 80 to 90 mph winds from the north over the Kincade Fire area, and the National Weather Service retweeted the post. Weather officials also said gusts reached 70 miles per hour on Mount Saint Helena.
#KincadeFire (Sonoma Co) – AA6WA reporting 80-90mph wind gusts from the north w/ activity increasing @ the heel of the fire (northern side). Not so much movement on the head yet but anticipating it in the next hour.
— CA Fire Scanner (@CAFireScanner) October 27, 2019
1:13 a.m. Coffey Park residents on edge: Coffey Park, the Santa Rosa neighborhood devastated by the 2017 Tubbs Fire and since rebuilt, still had power after midnight as residents waited to find out whether they would once again be ordered to evacuate. Naea Kaluahine, 26, stood outside her brother’s home, taking a break from a Harry Potter-themed Halloween party. They had considered canceling the event after hearing earlier in the day about the mandatory evacuation orders for other parts of the county. Everyone was constantly checking their phones for updates.“We have to-go bags packed in our cars right now,” Kaluahine said. “So, we’re ready, but we’re trying not to let it get the best of us.” A short time later an evacuation warning was expanded to much of the city.
1:08 a.m. Walnut Creek structure fire could have been much worse: Officials said the building was abandoned or not in use, and it was not located in a blackout area. No injuries or fatalities were reported. Lon Goetsch, Contra Costa County’s assistant fire chief, said that winds are expected to kick up in a few hours to 70 miles per hour, and they were very lucky the fire happened before that time. “If those winds were going on … we would have had a catastrophe,” Goetsch said.
12:50 a.m. Much of Santa Rosa under evacuation warning: The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation warning for much of the city of roughly 175,000 people.
#KincadeFire Evacuation Warning issued for City of Santa Rosa. All areas starting East of western side of City, North of Guerneville Road, Steele Lane, Lewis Road, and Chanate Road, to Montecito Avenue to Montecito Boulevard to Calistoga Road, North to city limit. (1 of 2)
— Sonoma Sheriff (@sonomasheriff) October 27, 2019
Additionally, Evacuation Warning issued for all areas west of Fulton Road, Llano Road, and Pepper Road to the Marin County Line. (2 of 2) #KincadeFire
— Sonoma Sheriff (@sonomasheriff) October 27, 2019
12:46 a.m. Kincade Fire “burning hotter” as winds pick up: The National Weather Service said “increasing winds and drier air” are stoking the blaze in Sonoma County.
#KincadeFire responding to increasing winds and drier air arriving now. GOES-17 1-minute Fire Temperature satellite imagery clearly shows the fire starting to burn hotter. #CAwx #CAFire pic.twitter.com/IQmojduzxE
— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) October 27, 2019
12:36 a.m. Walnut Creek structure fire: Firefighters have a vacant building fire under control at 1431 Oakland Blvd. in the Almond-Shuey neighborhood of Walnut Creek, said Steve Hill, a spokesman for the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. The fire was reported at 11:44 p.m. on Saturday and was mostly out as of 12:32 a.m. Sunday. No injuries were reported and an investigator is on the scene.
— Citizen San Francisco Bay Area (@CitizenAppSFO) October 27, 2019
12:19 a.m. BART riders step out of trains and into darkness: At the Rockridge BART station in Oakland, anyone walking out of the fully powered platform was surprised by a College Avenue that was nearly pitch black — save for a few Lyft and Uber drivers and a handful of costumed revelers outside Ben ‘N Nick’s Bar & Grill. The neighborhood bar closed early.
Eerie scene in Oakland at 12:30 a.m.
Rockridge BART is fully powered and the “ROCKRIDGE” sign is on, but once you walk off the platform the neighborhood is so dark it’s hard to walk down the street.#poweroutage pic.twitter.com/1ZSPYL53hT
— Peter Hartlaub (@peterhartlaub) October 27, 2019
11:53 p.m. National Weather Service says “winds are on our doorstep”: Winds were measured at 50 mph in Colusa County.
The winds are on our doorstep- this station in Colusa County went from nearly calm winds to 50 mph gusts since 10 PM. Winds starting to increase across the North Bay hills as well. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/fAA9qN3Efw
— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) October 27, 2019
11:31 p.m.: Tehama County fire forces evacuations: The Rawson Fire has spread to 600 acres and is threatening multiple structures and prompting evacuations at Troutbrook Road, Huckleberry Road and Canal View Road to Thomas Creek. Around 100 firefighters are responding, according to Cal Fire.
11:20 p.m. St. Mary’s students gather to study, kind of: At St. Mary’s College approaching 11 p.m. on Saturday night, students dealing with their second blackout in 16 days congregated in one of the only common areas with power — the campus dining hall. But there was a party atmosphere at most of the tables. At one point a student walked by, playing a sound clip from the breakdown-of-society horror film “The Purge” on a small speaker.
“I can’t concentrate,” said Ryoma Taniguchi, 20, who was trying with little success to study for a Wednesday psychology test.
“Some people see it as fun, but it’s an inconvenience because it restricts studying time,” said his friend, 23-year-old Joseph Jimenez. “The only place you can study is the public areas like here, where it’s hard to concentrate.”
10:43 p.m. Coffey Park warned about evacuations: Sonoma County expanded the area under an evacuation warning to include parts of northern Santa Rosa, including the Coffey Park neighborhood devastated by the 2017 Tubbs Fire. Here’s where to go if ordered to evacuate.
— CAL FIRE LNU (@CALFIRELNU) October 27, 2019
10:24 p.m. Where to go if you were ordered to evacuate your home: Five evacuation centers remained open Saturday night after 90,000 people were ordered to evacuate their homes as extreme winds whip around the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County.
All of the evacuation centers will welcome people who have small animals. No identification is necessary to stay at an evacuation shelter, and officials made a point of noting that all government agencies, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, will not be granted access to the shelters.
Staff who speak English and Spanish will be at each site ready to assist residents. Below are the shelters and addresses:
• Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
• Petaluma Fairgrounds, 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma
• Petaluma Veterans Building, 1094 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma, CA 94952
• Petaluma Community Center, 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954
• Sonoma County Fairgrounds (Large animals only), 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa
10:01 p.m. Power outages have many frustrated: When his neighborhood went dark, Moraga resident Devon Thomas, 23, instinctively drove to St. Mary’s College, where he watches basketball games. The St. Mary’s gymnasium was a fully lit beacon on the mostly powerless campus, with the droning hum of a generator nearby. “The number one thing that’s on my mind, and the number one thing that I care about, is that there’s so much uncertainty surrounding the frequency that this will happen,” Thomas said. “To the general public’s knowledge there is no fix currently, and there doesn’t seem to be a fix in the works.”
9:40 p.m. Inmates in Santa Rosa evacuated: The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office evacuated inmates from the North County Detention Facility in Santa Rosa and took them to Alameda County.
All inmates at the North County Detention Facility in Santa Rosa have been evacuated and are being safely housed in Alameda County.
— Sonoma Sheriff (@sonomasheriff) October 27, 2019
9:30 p.m. When will the lights come back on? If your electricity goes off, it could be restored within a day or two, but be prepared for the outage to last up to a week, PG&E officials said. After the windy weather passes — probably by 8 a.m. Monday — inspectors have to assess every line before turning power back on in each area, and they may find hazards or damage. PG&E said it would have to inspect 30,000 miles of line. Officials said the company would use 42 aircraft to conduct aerial inspections.
9:26 p.m. Outages leave Novato bar in the dark: Chronicle staff writer Mallory Moench is in Novato documenting the PG&E blackouts. Follow her on Twitter.
Power went out to more customers in Novato. The owner of this bar left moments ago to pick up a generator in Richmond to be open tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/bxyyZrlzX0
— Mallory Moench (@mallorymoench) October 27, 2019
9:15 p.m. Poor, unhealthy air reported in parts of Bay Area: Air quality is poor to unhealthy in parts of the North Bay and East Bay, according to The Chronicle’s air quality tracker. Powerful winds that could reach up to 80 mph are expected to create a “catch-22” scenario in which the fire if fueled but some of the smoke could be blown out by Sunday.
9:08 p.m. Yosemite blacked out: PG&E said in a statement that its blackouts will cover Fresno and Madera counties, as well as additional customers in Mariposa County and Yosemite National Park.
9:00 p.m. PG&E says outages will affect 940,000 customers: The utility says the blackouts will cover 38 counties in Northern and Central California and last through Monday for some customers.
PG&E Has Begun De-energization of Electric Lines for Public Safety – Impacts Will Include Customers in Parts of 38 Counties in Northern and Central California, Historic Wind Event Will Affect 940,000 Customers and Last Through Monday https://t.co/XUqXZEo9k2 pic.twitter.com/nV4LlRdCDa
— PG&E (@PGE4Me) October 27, 2019
8:50 p.m. San Jose power outages begin: Shut-offs were reported in the Almaden and Evergreen neighborhoods.
Update: we can confirm @PGE4Me shutoffs have begun in Almaden and Evergreen. Please use our self-reporting tool to tell us whether you have power or not: https://t.co/QiFhlGiJcI. pic.twitter.com/CW5eofbmBg
— City of San José (@CityofSanJose) October 27, 2019
8:37 p.m. More than 3,500 lose power in southern Santa Clara County: At 8:08 p.m., power went out to 3,515 PG&E customers just south of Morgan Hill. The company is looking into the cause. See which areas are affected in real time with The Chronicle’s outage map.
8:34 p.m. Nearly 2,500 without power in San Mateo County: PG&E is assessing the cause. See which areas are affected in real time with The Chronicle’s outage map.
8:30 p.m. Marin County releases list of charging stations: Residents in affected areas can go to the following places to recharge cell phones and small devices:
• Bolinas: Bolinas Fire Department, 100 Mesa Road (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
• Corte Madera: Corte Madera Rec Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive (Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Mon-Thu, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
• Corte Madera: Town Hall, 300 Tamalpais Drive (Mon-Thu, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
• Larkspur: Central Marin Police station Community Room, 250 Doherty Drive (Open 24 hours)
• Mill Valley: The Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley (Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
• Novato: Margaret Todd Center, 1560 Hill Road, Novato, CA (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
• San Anselmo: San Anselmo Library, 110 Tunstead (Saturday & Sunday 12pm-5pm, Mon-Wed 10am-8pm, and Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
• Sausalito: Sausalito City Hall, 420 Litho Street, (9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
8:20 p.m. Sonoma County updates evacuation total to 90,000: Officials previously had the number of mandatory evacuations at 83,000.
8:14 p.m. Blackouts begin in Contra Costa County: PG&E cut off power to 2,892 customers in Moraga. See which areas are affected in real time with The Chronicle’s outage map.
— Matthias Gafni (@mgafni) October 27, 2019
7:48 p.m. Santa Rosa hospital evacuates patients: Sutter Health is evacuating patients from Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital due to fire concerns. The evacuation was mandatory. Facilities in Novato and California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco will receive the patients.
7:30 p.m. Tunnels expected to be fine during power outages: Caltrans was installing generators to make sure the Caldecott Tunnel and the Devil’s Slide tunnels remain up and running, which was an issue during the blackout earlier this month.
As we prepare for a planned power shutoff this weekend, generators are already in place at the Caldecott Tunnels and we’re installing generators now at the Tom Lantos Tunnels. We do not anticipate these tunnels being closed by the shutoff this weekend.
— Caltrans District 4 (@CaltransD4) October 26, 2019
7:20 p.m. Bay Area blackouts approaching: PG&E expects to cut power at 8 p.m. to the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Stainslaus.
#PSPS WEATHER UPDATE: Public Safety Power Shut Off times and locations have shifted due to evolving weather conditions. PG&E will continue to closely monitor conditions, and adjust the timeline with safety as our top priority. More info: https://t.co/X1ClEBDDlC pic.twitter.com/lF8WE7jha4
— PG&E (@PGE4Me) October 27, 2019
6:54 p.m. Evacuations now number 83,000: Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick called the decision to stay home in a mandatory evacuation zone a “selfish act” during a press conference Saturday evening. He said law enforcement officials have no plans to “drag people from their homes,” but he urged residents to protect themselves and emergency responders by fleeing the area.
6:48 p.m. Newsom proposes PG&E takeover: Bloomberg reports that Gov. Gavin Newsom is pushing Berkshire Hathaway to make a bid for PG&E. “We would love to see that interest materialize, and in a more proactive, public effort,” Newsom said. Currently, a group of hedge funds that have PG&E’s backing and a rival group of bondholders and wildfire victims are vying to take over PG&E through the bankruptcy process.
6:43 p.m. Kincade Fire burns 26,000 acres: Cal Fire released new numbers during a press conference Saturday evening and the fire in Sonoma County has now consumed 25,955 acres and destroyed 77 structures, including 31 homes. The blaze is 10% contained as 2,830 firefighters and personnel work to contain the conflagration ahead of a severe wind storm.
6:34 p.m. Area of 2017 Tubbs Fire evacuated: The massive mandatory evacuations in place for Sonoma County include the communities of Larkfield and Mark West Springs north of Santa Rosa, which were heavily impacted by the October 2017 Tubbs Fire. Santa Rosa’s Fountaingrove neighborhood is under an evacuation warning, and the Coffey Park neighborhood is just outside the mandatory evacuation zone. Both were devastated by the Tubbs Fire as well.
6:18 p.m. Evacuation orders expanded for Kincade Fire: Sonoma County has expanded the area under evacuation warnings to include Sebastopol and areas west of St. Helena. Mandatory evacuation orders now extend from the Kincade Fire area all the way to the coast.