Kincade Fire scorches 74,000 acres, could take "weeks if not months" to be fully extinguished
The Kincade Fire in Northern California grew to more than 74,000 acres on Monday, officials said at an evening press conference. While the blaze is now 15% contained, a spokesman for Cal Fire predicted it would take "weeks, if not months" to fully extinguish the flames.
Improving conditions on Monday helped crews gain ground on wildfires that have forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate. But new wind events predicted for Tuesday and Wednesday prompted additional evacuation orders for residents on the east side of Sonoma County.
Meanwhile, a dangerous wildfire broke out early Monday in Los Angeles, threatening hundreds of homes near the world-famous Getty Center. Strong winds were spreading the fast-growing fire that was burning along a major freeway west of downtown.
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As of 6:00 p.m. local time, the Getty Fire had burned over 600 acres, and was 5% contained, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Several neighborhoods were under evacuation orders, and at least eight homes were destroyed, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti.
A video posted on social media by a motorist shows one side of Highway 405 was turned into a towering inferno, CBS News correspondent Carter Evans reports. Fire officials called it a dynamic situation.
The flames were being fanned by high winds, which seemed to have calmed down a little before dawn, Evans reports. One of those displaced from his home by the several fires burning near Los Angeles was Lakers star LeBron James.
He tweeted Monday morning he had to evacuate his home suddenly and was driving around trying to find a place to go with his family. He followed up later saying he finally found a safe place.
Senator Kamala Harris also said that her family in California has evacuated due to the wildfires.
The Getty Fire and Kincade Fire were among more than a dozen fires burning in California.