CBS News reports:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a statewide emergency as wildfires and extreme weather conditions forced almost 200,000 people from their homes.
He said in a statement Sunday that officials are deploying “every resource available” to respond to the wildfires, including a large blaze in Northern California’s wine country driven by powerful winds.
Smoke from a second wildfire in the San Francisco Bay Area briefly halted traffic on a bridge. The flames came dangerously close to homes in Vallejo.
In the south, a wildfire in the Santa Clarita area north of Los Angeles has destroyed 18 structures, threatened homes and critical infrastructure.
The LGBT resort town of Guerneville has been evacuated.
“At Betty Spaghetti restaurant just off the main drag, about a dozen diehards were performing karaoke as a generator hummed the background beat.
Alcohol was flowing freely.
‘We are evacuating our brains,’ said Cathie Shore, Sierra Nevada beer in hand.” https://t.co/LkX79ETeLf
— Matt Pearce 🦅 (@mattdpearce) October 27, 2019
Guerneville School will be closed tomorrow due to the Mandatory Evacuation order in the area. Stay tuned to local radio stations, news agencies, and our website for further updates. Stay safe Gators families. https://t.co/nvNEqhPnqi
— Guerneville School (@guerneville_K8) October 27, 2019
Breaking: Mandatory evacuation zones for #KincadeFire were dramatically expanded from Healdsburg to Sonoma Coast include Guerneville, Jenner, Bodega Bay, Occidental, Forestville and more. Sebastopol and north end of Sonoma Valley under evacuation advisory. pic.twitter.com/03F3ECqtPJ
— Red Cross Northern California Coastal (@RedCrossNorCal) October 27, 2019
JUST IN: California Gov. Gavin Newsom declares statewide emergency due to fires: "Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency due to the effects of unprecedented high-wind events which have resulted in fires and evacuations across the state." https://t.co/1NKWh5U8yg pic.twitter.com/fFC9i6ufkL
— ABC News (@ABC) October 27, 2019
— SFGate (@SFGate) October 27, 2019