California wildfires: Newsom issues proclamation, Kincade fire may have been sparked by transmission line

By Greg Norman | Fox News

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday afternoon issued an emergency proclamation for Sonoma and Los Angeles counties due to the effects of the Kincade and Tick fires, which have “destroyed structures, threatened homes, & caused the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents.”

Meanwhile, the state utility that has been criticized for imposing blackouts in order to prevent such wildfires says a transmission line that it didn’t shut off may have been the source of a blaze that on Friday was raging out of control in the Golden State.

The Kincade fire near the Northern California town of Geyserville so far has burned at least 49 buildings and 34 square miles and prompted evacuation orders for some 2,000 people.

It was driven by the strong winds that had prompted Pacific Gas & Electric to impose sweeping temporary blackouts affecting a half-million people in Northern and Central California. PG&E resorted to the shutoffs after fallen power lines and other electrical equipment were blamed for several blazes in recent years.

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1 year ago

It would be interesting to know how many fires start in homeless encampments.