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Historic Kincade Firestorm Descends Upon Sonoma County, California
Just Pray for Divine Intervention
Having lived in this wine county area for over 20 years, there has never been such historic firestorms as the Tubbs fire in 2017 and now Kincade. Both are true satanic-like infernos with historic winds reaching up to 80 mph (i.e., hurricane strength) that erratically spread the embers across the dry, parched, canyons and forests that dot this area, not to mention the wine country that millions visit every year.
With the Tubbs firestorm, the fault was with the utility company (PGE) transmission lines and transformers that ignited it at the wrong time. PGE, somehow survived a bankruptcy, and prior to the latest firestorm, Kincade, had been shutting off power randomly across the SF Bay Area, angering millions of people. That evidently did no good, because the Kincade fire was most likely started by a PGE transformer blowing up in a remote area and PGE confirms that their monitoring systems detected such.
The Gates of Hell
In just a few days, this isolated fire has turned into Satan's Inferno disrupting most of Sonoma County as the fire has moved within a two miles of Geyserville and within five miles of Healdsburg, known for its vintage wineries on the Russian River. With the winds gusting to 80 mph, the two small towns totaling around 20,000, were told to evacuate. Local authorities acting in an overly cautious manner, then told Windsor (over 40,000) to evacuate. The fire, so far, still remains a considerable distance. Santa Rosa (150,000) is in a warning state, but the fire is even further away. Even more remote places further away from the fire were told to evacuate in an over abundance of caution because nobody really knows how the winds will carve the firestorm's path.
Highway 101 is the main corridor from SF northward through this area, and the road remains bumper to bumper traffic with fleeing people. The free shelters filled up within hours, leaving it to handful of hotels to accommodate. With over 100,000 evacuees heading south, the horror simply magnifies. NASA is providing thermal satellite imaging to help track the direction of where the embers create spot fires and it seems to indicate it is heading towards Healdsburg and Robert Louis Steven State Park.
With only so many of thousands of firefighters able to be deployed, the strategy is to defend the towns it threatens directly and let the fire burn in the remote areas unabated until it does threaten. There are plenty of open hilly, wooded, areas in the county.
All of California, by October, is a tinder box. The last real rains ended in April and since then, everything is tinder dry and ignited instantly. Some forecasts indicate that Geyserville and Healdsburg could be razed by this fire. These recent firestorm episodes only have increased due to climate change, something Trump knows nothing about and are happening more frequently.