San Francisco’s Kincade Fire was so massive that NASA was able to see it occurring from space.
At a news conference Monday night, officials announced the Kincade Fire has spread to 73,324 acres and is only 15 percent contained. Of the 123 structures destroyed, Cal Fire says 57 are homes. Of the 20 structures damaged, officials say 12 are homes.
With firefighters five days into their battle against the flames, at least 185,000 residents have evacuated.
“We’ve been chasing this fire for the last four days. We finally got the break in the weather,” Ben Nichols, a Cal Fire division chief, said during a morning briefing in Santa Rosa, according to an outlet. “We have to get out there and get this thing buttoned up and put it to bed.”
Earlier in the evening, CAL FIRE issued an evacuation warning for parts of Lake County due to the Kincade Fire, including Twin Pine Casino in Middletown.
Meanwhile, some evacuation orders have been downgraded for parts of western Sonoma County, including Bodega, Bodega Bay, Carmet, Muniz Ranch, Sebastopol, Occidental, Freestone, Camp Meeker, Forestville, Rio Nido, Hacienda, Monte Rio, Cazadero, Guerneville, and Valley Ford.
The fires ravaging California state have been affecting hundreds of thousands with power shutdowns and evacuations aside from the fire itself. The Kincade Fire, however, is one that can be seen through NASA’s Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Terra satellite.
The National Weather Station Bay Area released a separate photo of the Kincade fire through their Twitter account, showing the Kincade Fire from a bird’s eye view of 488 miles high.
Governor Gavin Newsom says firefighters have responded to 330 fires across California in the past few days.
The latest of the California fires were the fire near the Getty Center where a blaze broke out on a hill around 1:30 a.m. close to the southbound side of the 405 at Getty Center Drive. It quickly burned more than 600 acres and jumped the freeway.
The Tick Fire in the Santa Clarita area in Southern California is also one of several fires that broke out in the greater Los Angeles region this week, has also destroyed structures, threatened homes and critical infrastructure, and caused the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents.
Officials have since lifted all evacuation orders in the area with 70 percent containment but are warning residents looking to come home to remain vigilant ahead of the bout of Santa Ana winds forecasted.
Mayor Eric Garcetti says the evacuation area has been slightly reduced after stretching from the Brentwood area to the Pacific Coast Highway in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood area early Monday.
If you’re currently from an area under an evacuation order or evacuation preparation warning, here is a list of centers and shelters.
Firefighters and first responders have had a hard time containing the blazes, which are being fed by high Santa Ana winds and a dry landscape. Although the dry offshore gusts that are feeding the fires are expected to be replaced by a return of moist ocean air in the afternoon, the Santa Ana winds are forecast to return Monday to Tuesday night.
On Sunday, Governor Newsom declared a statewide emergency due to the effects of unprecedented high-wind events which have resulted in fires and evacuations across the state.
“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,” said Governor Newsom, in a statement.