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Gov. Gavin Newsom declares statewide emergency as wildfires roar

Evacuations Issued For Parts of Sonoma County As Kincade Fire Spreads
Posted at 11:59 AM, Oct 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-27 16:50:37-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGTV) -- Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency Sunday as nearly 200,000 people flee their homes amid wildfires.

The Kincade Fire in Sonoma County has burned more than 30,000 acres as it threatens hundreds of structures.

The blaze started Wednesday night and, as of Sunday afternoon, was only 10 percent contained.

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In Southern California, the Tick Fire also forced tens of thousands to evacuate.

According to the Newsom’s office, more than 3,000 local, state and federal personnel are assisting with the Kincade Fire alone.

“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.

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The announcement also comes as Pacific Gas and Electric shut off power to 2.3 million people throughout 36 counties, according to the Associated Press.